Stories of Celebrations

Uzbekistan is home to a diverse people and, as a major centre of trade along the Silk Road, has a rich history. Its culture is marked by a warm and generous hospitality in which visitors quickly become welcomed friends. It seemed fitting then, that the Bahá’í community invited many friends and neighbours to join in celebrating the anniversary of Bahá’u’lláh's birth — over five hundred people attended more than 17 celebrations across the country.

At many of these festive occasions, guests were served the traditional Uzbek dish ‘plov’. In many places, additional dishes were taken to neighbours who were unable to attend, in order to share with them the spirit of the bicentenary period.

'Plov' is served at a celebration in Bukhara.

Celebrations in Tashkent

In the capital city of Tashkent, seven celebrations were held over the bicentenary weekend, including an event with about 180 attendees at the Bahá’í Centre as well as smaller gatherings in neighbourhoods around the city. The programme of the commemoration at the Bahá’í Centre included a screening of the film "Light to the World".

In Tashkent, 180 guests were welcomed with traditional Uzbek music.

Celebrations in Bukhara and Samarkand

In Bukhara and Samarkand, joyous celebrations included traditional music and dance.


A song about Bahá’u’lláh composed by a musician in Uzbekistan to mark the bicentenary