Republic of Tajikistan

Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон


Tajikistan is a beautiful mountainous country in Central Asia. This former SSR is unfortunately the poorest state in the region. It is home to around 8 million, and borders China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. This land is steeped in ancient history, despite having only achieved independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991, and fighting a civil war until 1997.



Food is typically rice based. Rice tends to be imported, as the climate is unsuitable for growing it, or many other crops. Food also contains lots of root vegetables, like radishes and carrots, usually shredded. Mutton is the most common meat, and most dishes contain both it and sheep fat. Flatbreads and yoghurt are commonly eaten alongside meals. Food is eaten communally with the hands. Green tea is the national beverage.

Traditions and Holidays

Muslim holidays are the most important, since 99% of the country is Muslim. Most holidays are celebrated with festivals. Villages are decorated traditionally, and giant communal feasts for often hundreds of people are prepared on most Islamic holidays. Dances are common, accompanied by folk music as well. Poppies and tulips, both native and abundant are used to decorate everything, from houses to cars. Traditionally, on holidays, Tajik garb dating back to Paleolithic times are worn, entailing sheepskins and narrow hats.
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