Independence Day (Turkmenistan)

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Independence Day
Turkmen: Garaşsyzlyk baýramy
Monument to the Independence of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat.jpg
Observed by Turkmenistan
Type State
Significance The day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Turkmen SSR Supreme Soviet in 1991
Celebrations Fireworks, Concerts
Date October 27
Next time 27 October 2015 (2015-10-27)
Duration 2 days
Frequency annual

Independence Day of Turkmenistan (Turkmen: Garaşsyzlyk baýramy) is the main state holiday in Turkmenistan. This date is celebrated in Turkmenistan annually on October 27.[1]


On October 27, 1991 the Supreme Council of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist republic adopted the law "About Independence and Bases of a State System of Turkmenistan". After disintegration of the USSR the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic became one of the last to the Soviet Socialist Republic on the former Soviet Union, proclaimed the state sovereignty.


Military parade in Ashgabat

On the Independence Day of Turkmenistan through all Central Asian republic pass mass festivities. Already there was a tradition, on the eve of a holiday to award outstanding citizens of Turkmenistan — cultural figures, art, sports, policy. Quite often "festive amnesties" to the people who once have violated the law (generally on unintentional and to not serious crimes, and also women and minors appear condemned). On a central square of Ashgabat carried out military parade.[2]

In many cities of the country are held festive events and concerts. Salutes and fireworks in honor of independence finding became also traditional.[3]

In Turkmenistan on October 27 and 28 days are the festive.[4]