Thursday, May 19, 2016


                                    A Visit to Azerbaijan

                                Azerbaijan is the largest of the three countries of the Southern Caucasus.About a thousand years ago, Turkic tribes began setting in this territory in large numbers. Those settlers absorbed some of the local traditions, and the locals adopted some of the settlers' culture. Not surprisingly, therefore, the Azerbaijani language is closely related to Turkish and Turkmen.
                                Azeris are known to be a lively and warm people. Family ties are close, and relatives rely on each other in times of difficulty. Azeris love music and poetry. In on form of music  called mugam, a singer recites classical Azeri poems to the accompaniment of folk instruments. A mugam performer has to have thorough knowledge of traditional mugam repertoire and a knack for improvisation.
                                Tea is an important part of Azerbaijani culture. The beverage is served in small pear-shaped glasses with a sugar cube, perhaps accompanied by pistachios, almonds, and raisins. Tea houses can be found in even the smallest of towns.
                                The Caspian Sea, to the east of the country, is a habitat of the sturgeon. The beluga sturgeon can live more than 100 years. One of the biggest ever caught was 28 feet (8.5 m) in length   and weighed 2,860 pounds (1,297 kg)! Sturgeons are prized their eggs-their roe- the famous and costly black caviar.
                                 Azeris are religious people who like to talk about God. Most of the population are muslims.Other religious groups are also present.