Independence Day in Turkmenistan Date in the current year: September 27, 2024

Independence Day in Turkmenistan Independence Day is one of the two most important public holidays in Turkmenistan, along with Neutrality Day. It is celebrated on September 27 to commemorate the proclamation of Turkmenistan’s independence in 1991.

The process of the dissolution of the USSR started in 1991, following several years of Perestroika. Turkmenistan became one of the last Soviet states to declare its independence. It occurred on October 27, 1991, after an independence referendum where 93% of voters had supported the country’s independence.

Originally, Independence Day in Turkmenistan was celebrated on October 27. However, in 2017, it was decided to move it up a month starting 2018. No explanation was given as to why the date was changed. Turkmenistan Independence Day is a public holiday and a non-working day.

Independence Day festivities in Turkmenistan include a traditional military parade in the country’s capital of Ashgabat, free concerts, firework displays, an award ceremony for outstanding politicians, civil servants, cultural figures and athletes, and more. Prisoners in Turkmenistan look forward to Independence Day because it’s the day when amnesty is given to people convicted of minor offenses.

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