On March 23rd on the UCL campus in London, Nowruz festival was celebrated, which is considered the celebration of youth, abundance and spring revival. Six countries took participation in the celebration: the Republic of Tatarstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This is the 5th Nowruz celebration in London.

The Tatar Association joined and became a part of the celebration in 2013. Guest count at this and last years amounted to more than 1,500 people. The host countries presented their national dishes, along with their entertainment side-games, songs on national musical instruments and of course their traditional dances. The main treat was the uzbek pilaf. I would like to note the participation and support of the Uzbek ambassador to the festival in the UK Otabek Akbarov, Kyrgyz ambassador to the UK Aybek Almasbekovich Tilebaliev. Together, as part of the Uzbek tradition, we ate pilaf together from one cooking cauldron (deep and large Uzbek cooking dish). Also, on behalf of the organizers of the festival: British-Uzbek Society, UCL Kazakh Society, Kazakhstan Student Society in the UK, UCL Azerbaijan Society, Kyrgyz Club UK, British-Tajik Society and UK Tatar Association, – a huge thanks to all the embassies, and all those who helped organise this festival. Thanks to their help and support in providing transport, volunteers, as well as large and beautiful tents which housed the exhibition stands of different countries along with their national attributes, in return the festival was more vivid and dynamic.

A special thanks to the sponsors of the event – «The EUROPEAN AZERBAIJAN Society».