Holidays and Memorial Dates in Uzbekistan
Official Holidays in Uzbekistan
Each year Uzbekistan celebrates seven public holidays: 1st of January – New Year, 8th of March – International Women’s Day, 21st of March – Navruz, 9th of May – Memorial Day, 1st of September – Independence Day, 1st of October – Teacher’s Day, 8th of December – Constitution Day. Also Uzbekistan celebrates the Day of Defenders of Motherland on January 14 and the Day of Remembrance for the victims of political repressions, observed on August 31, though these holidays are not free days. Two major Muslim holidays in Uzbekistan, Ramadan Khait and Kurban Khait, are days off and are celebrated each year according to the lunar calendar.
Holidays in Uzbekistan have own history and its particular significance for Uzbek people. Such holidays as Navruz, Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha came from the ancient times, from Zoroastrianism and Islam traditions. Uzbekistan people also widely celebrate international holidays: New Year, the most favorite and magic holiday around the world, and the International Women’s Day, devoted to wives, mothers, daughters and all beautiful women of the Earth
The 9th of May in Uzbekistan is the Day of Memory for those who took an active part in the struggle against Nazi invaders in the World War II in the front and in the home front. The 1st of October, the Teacher’s Day is the celebration of respect of labor and wise patience of those, who put much efforts and precious knowledge to us. In fact, respect for a teacher has much deeper roots in Uzbekistan, originating in ancient traditions of Uzbek people and related with oriental mentality of honoring elders and sages.
Independence gave to Uzbekistan new holidays, symbols of a new page in the history of the country: Independence Day, Constitution Day, Day of Defenders of the Motherland and others. The Independence Day is widely celebrated. On September 1 many great cultural events such as shows, concerts, festivals and other entertaining events to mark the birthday of independent Uzbekistan take place throughout the country.
All Holidays and Memorial Dates in Uzbekistan
Day of Defenders of the Motherland
International Women's Day
Memory and Honor Day
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions