The Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan has advised all theaters of the main characters to rename the Christmas productions – Father Frost and the Snow Maiden. This was reported Uznews artist of one of the theaters in Tashkent.
According to him, Santa Claus (Cor Bobo – Uzbek.) Actor proposed to call Stellar Wizard, and Snow White (Cor kiz – Uzbek.) – Wvezdnoy Fairy. The relevant recommendation was allegedly given in November, following a meeting in Tashkent theaters artistic director with the Minister of Culture and Sport Tursunali Kuziev.
As stated in the report, the head of department at the meeting proposed to develop the images of Santa Claus and Snow Maiden with "American-European" bias. This, in his opinion, should be about heroes, close to Santa Claus and his fairy helper. Official confirmation of this information is not available.
December 10 site "Uzmetronom" reported that the Uzbek TV programs dedicated to the New Year, the authorities did not recommend showing Santa Claus, Snow White, Baba Yaga and the other characters of Russian fairy tales. A week later, the same publication, referring to own sources, reported that the heads of regional administrations (hokims) Tashkent collected owners of local cafes and restaurants, and urged him on 31 December under any pretext to close their establishments.
Claimed the media, such recommendations were made regarding the intention of the authorities to phase out the New Year celebrations, as this – not a traditional Uzbek feast (a tradition to celebrate its root in Uzbekistan in the period when he was part of the Soviet Union).
This information has denied the president's daughter Gulnara Karimova republic. December 20 New Year's Eve she called "the most favorite holiday of the people" and "part of the modern culture of the Uzbek people."
"No one in government circles is not going to deny the established tradition for decades, no one is going to take a Christmas tale for children and adults," – she said.