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Uzbekistan National and Public Holidays

Official Holidays in Uzbekistan

January 1: New Year, "Yangi Yil Bayrami"

New Year’s Day is quite possibly the most positive and forward-looking holiday for Uzbekistan people. Midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is often marked by fireworks and fire crackers.

January 14: Day of Defender of the Motherland

This holiday in independent Uzbekistan is celebrated in honor of creation of own Army forces. In Uzbekistan January 14 is marked as the Day of Defenders of Motherland. It is the professional holiday of the military men because on 14 January 1992 the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan were established.

This holiday is a public one, it is celebrated nationwide and is observed quite spectacularly.

March 8: International Women's Day, "Xalqaro Xotin-Qizlar kuni"

The international women's day is a holiday of beauty, tenderness and feminity. Also it is known as "Mothers day". People celebrate this holiday, as a holiday of love, kindness and beauty. Men give this day to the mothers, wives and daughters flowers and gifts with sincere wishes.

March 21: Nowruz, "Navro'z Bayrami"

Nowruz is a festival that marks the beginning of solar New Year. Nowruz is an ancient Zoroastrian fiesta that has survived the passage of time through centuries. Nowruz is characterized by the renewal of family reunions, paying tribute to the elderly, exchanging gifts, attending to the poor and the orphans, reconciliation with those with whom we’ve been at odds for some time and taking pleasure in the beauties of nature, which stand out quite noticeably at this particular point of time.

May 9: Day of Memory and Remembrance "Xotira va Qadirlash kuni"

In 1999, May 9 in Tashkent was solemnly opened "Square of Memorial" and since that time it has been celebrated as the national holiday named after "Day of Memory and Remembrance". 

Day of Memory and Remembrance is important in ensuring the continuity of national values, memory of patriotism and bravery of ancestors, showing respect and deference to the representatives of older generation, as well.

September 1: Independence Day, "Mustaqillik kuni"

The Day Independence is the main national holiday of the Republic of Uzbekistan. This holiday is celebrated annually on the 1st of September. The whole country celebrates the anniversary of Independence widely and brightly.

October 1: Teacher's Day, "O'qituvchi va Murabbiylar"

Every student celebrates this day to encourage and support the contribution of his or her teacher. Children are the country's future, hence they need to be positively nurtured and that is done best by teachers as children get inspired by their teachers. Teachers enlighten students and shape their career. The day marks as a day of gratitude and respect to the selfless efforts of teachers

This day students show their appreciation to teachers, such as presenting gifts, including cards and flowers. In addition, many former students will go back to their old primary schools, middle schools and high schools to give presents to their old teachers.

December 8: Day of the Constitution, "Konstitutsiya kuni"

On this day in 1992 the constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan is accepted by the Oliy Majlis. This holiday is celebrated across all Uzbekistan.

End Ramazon Ramazon Hayit Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is one of the two official holidays in Islam. It is celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and marks the end of the month-long fast observed during the month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast) is an extremely important religious festival observed by Muslims worldwide.

On the Day of Eid, Muslims are expected to give as much charity as possible, greet one another and show happiness. Common greetings during Eid al-Fitr are "Blessed Eid" (Eid Mubarak) and "Happy Eid" (Eid Sa'id). Some countries also have greetings in the local language. People are encouraged to forget animosities and forgive one another for what they may have done during the year.

70 days later Qurbon Hayit Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for Muslims in Uzbkekistan. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

On this day, it is customary to gather with family and friends, have celebratory meals, and give eidi (special gifts). Eid gifts are most often given to children as a token of love.