Spend the day enjoying the Silk and Spice Festival in Bukhara, one of the most spectacular festivals in Central Asia!
A marching parade comprised of all the festival participants starts around 8:30, beginning at The Ark Fortress
(4th century) and continuing to Lyabi Hauz
(15th-16th centuries) via the Poyi Kalon Complex (12th-16th centuries) and the Trade Domes
The opening ceremony of the Silk and Spice Festival is held near the Nodir Devonbegi Madsrasah (16th century). The day will be filled with music, dancing, acrobatics, wrestling, local folk art and traditional songs and dances.
Merchants and artisans will sell spice products and handmade merchandise of gold, ceramic, fine silk, cotton cloth and animal skins from all over the country. Stalls will be arranged all around Lyabi Hauz, the trade domes (Toki Sarrafon, Toki Telpakfurushon, Toki Zargaron and Kukaldash Madrasah) and Abdulazizkhon Madrasah.
Presentations and workshops at the festival are provided on calligraphy, ceramics, copper coinage, art and miniatures, blacksmithing, gold embroidery, ikat and carpet weaving, folk dances, national cooking, traditional sports and local instruments.
For a break from all the revelry, stop by the Magoki-Attori Mosque
, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century) and Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs that once provided water for the entire city.
A special concert will be held in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.