New Year in Uzbekistan (23 images)

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Uzbekistan is a two-sided postcard. On one side are the glorious remains of the Silk Road days and on the other side is the heavily lingering Soviet shadow which keeps getting crossed over by the seemingly distant American popular culture.
Around New year days, Uzbek Islamic-nationalism takes the back seat and Santa Clauses roam around doing everyday jobs while dreams of a different world float in the air.
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