Turkmenistan Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • Turkmenistan is a country located in Central Asia with nearly 90% of population is Muslim
  • Public holidays in Turkmenistan fall into three main categories:
    (a) Holidays commemorating historical events
    (b) Traditional and religious holidays revived since independence
    (c) New holidays introduced to honor and reinforce cultural traditions of the Turkmen people
  • According to Turkmenistan’s Labour Laws, all employee entitled for a paid day off on all official national public holidays
  • Replacement holiday is a must if employee require to work on national holiday
  • Turkmenistan President office holds the authority for the declaration of national holidays, they may announce one-time holiday based on the necessity
  • Date of Muslim festival are change every year due to holidays are determined by lunar cycle

1 JanSunNew Year's Day - First day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar
12 JanThursMemorial Day - Honoring those who fell on 12 January 1881 defending the Geok Tepe fortress against the Russian troops
19 FebSunNational Flag Day - Introduced flag of Turkmenistan on September 27, 1992 to replace the Soviet-era flag consisted of a red background with two light blue bars in the middle
8 MarWedTurkmen Women's Day - Coincides with International Woman's Day. Commemorates the movement for women's rights
21 MarTueNational Spring Holiday (Nowruz Bayram) - Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year. Celebrated worldwide by the Iranians as the beginning of the New Year
22 MarWedNational Spring Holiday (Nowruz Bayram)
9 MayTueVictory Day - Commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. Turkmenistan has officially recognized 9 May since its independence in 1991
18 MayThursRevival and Unity Day / Magtymguly Day - Magtymguly Pyragy was a Turkmen spiritual leader and philosophical poet who made significant efforts to secure independence and autonomy for his people in the 18th century
26 JunMonEid al-Fitr - End of Ramadan. The ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief
2 SeptSatEid al-Adha (Kurban Bayram) - Feast of the Sacrifice. Commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son. Date varies on Lunar cycle
3 SeptSunEid al-Adha Holiday
4 SeptMonEid al-Adha Holiday
6 OctFriDay of Remembrance of the victims of the earthquake in 1948 - Commemorating the victims of the 1948 earthquake that destroyed Ashgabat
27 OctFriIndependence Day - The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Turkmen SSR Supreme Soviet in 1991
28 OctSatIndependence Day - In Turkmenistan on October 27 and 28 days are the festive
12 DecTueNeutrality Day - Celebrates the status of permanent positive neutrality recognized by the UN General Assembly Resolution on Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan on December 12, 1995

1 JanMonNew Year's Day
12 JanFriMemorial Day
19 FebMonNational Flag Day
8 MarThursInternational Women's Day
21 MarWedNational Spring Holiday
22 MarThursNational Spring Holiday
9 MayWedVictory Day
18 MayFriRevival and Unity Day / Magtymguly Day
15 JunFriEid al-Fitr
22 AugWedEid al-Adha
23 AugThursEid al-Adha Holiday
24 AugFriEid al-Adha Holiday
6 OctSatDay of Remembrance of the victims of the earthquake in 1948
27 OctSatIndependence Day
28 OctSunIndependence Day
12 DecWedNeutrality Day

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