Public holidays in Turkmenistan

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Public holidays in Turkmenistan fall into three main categories: (a) holidays commemorating historical events (the defense of the Geok Teppe fortress in 1881, World War II in 1941-45) and landmarks since the declaration of Turkmenistan's independence in 1991 (Independence Day, Neutrality Day, State Flag Day, Day of Revival and Unity); (b) traditional and religious holidays revived since independence (Nowruz Bayram, Kurban Bayram, Oraza Bayram); and (c) new holidays introduced to honor and reinforce cultural traditions of the Turkmen people (harvest, water conservation, folk singers, Turkmen carpets, and the Turkmen racing horse).

List of Public Holidays in Turkmenistan (as of 2009):


  • Independent Neutral Turkmenistan: 10 Glorious Years of the Epoch of Turkmenbashi the Great, Ashgabat, 2001, pp. 49-51 (in Russian).
  • Turkmenistan to the Heights of the Golden Age, Ashgabat, 2005, p. 44.
  • Statistical Yearbook of Turkmenistan 2000-2004, National Institute of State Statistics and Information of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, 2005, pp. 6-7.

External links

  • Public holidays in Turkmenistan, Turkmenistan: The Bradt Travel Guide, 2006, pp. 48-51, on Google Books
  • Holidays in Turkmenistan
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