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National holidays of Turkmenistan


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Official holidays in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan observes twelve official holidays that are also public ones. These nationwide holidays are:

  • 1 January - New Year
  • 12 January - Memorial Day
  • 18 February - Turkmenbashi Birthday
  • 19 February - National Flag Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 20 March - Novruz-Bayram (Turkmen New Year)
  • 9 May - Victory Day
  • 18 May - Constitution Day
  • 21 June - Day of election of First President
  • 6 October- Day of Remembrance of the victims of the earthquake in 1948
  • 28 October - Independence Day
  • 12 December - Neutrality Day

The country also celebrates two major Islamic holidays - Eid al-Adha and Ramadan Bayram (end of Ramadan). Since both these dates are calculated according to the lunar Islamic calendar, the dates of their celebration calculated in advance and each year approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan. These days are also public holidays.

Turkmenistan has also a number of national and professional holidays, which are working days. They include:

  • Day of Fatherland Defenders - military servicemen of the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan - 27 January
  • Day of Diplomatic Staff of Turkmenistan - 18 February
  • Drop of Water- a Grain of Gold Holiday - first Sunday in April
  • World Health Day - 7 April
  • Turkmen Racing Horse Festival - last Sunday in April
  • Day of Internal Affairs Officers - 29 May
  • Turkmen Carpet Day- last Sunday of May
  • International Children's Day - June 1
  • World Environment Day - June 5
  • Day of Textile Industry - first Sunday in June
  • Science Day - June 12
  • Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art- June 27
  • Gala Bayramy (Festival of Grain) - third Sunday in July
  • Day of Health and Medical Industry - July 21
  • Day of Frontiersmen - August 11
  • Turkmen Melon Day - second Sunday in August
  • Day of Knowledge and Students - September 1
  • Rukhnama Day - September 12
  • Day of Energy Industry - second Saturday in September
  • International Day of Senior Citizens - 1 October
  • Day of Naval Forces of Turkmenistan - 9 October
  • Hasyl Bayramy (Harvest Festival) - last Sunday of November
  • Good Neighborliness - first Sunday of December
  • Day of the Workers of Oil, Gas, Power and Geological Industry - 14 December
  • Day of Remembrance of the First President of Turkmenistan S.A. Niyazov (Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great) - December 21
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