National Holidays

National Holidays of Turkmenistan

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • January 12 – Memorial Day
  • February 19 – State Flag of Turkmenistan
  • March 8 – International Woman’s Day
  • March 21-22 – Nowruz Bayram national spring holiday
  • First Sunday in April – “A Drop of Water—A Grain of Gold”
  • Festival Last Sunday in April – Turkmen Racing Horse Festival
  • May 9 – Victory Day (The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945)
  • May 18-19 – Constitution day, Unity, and the Poetry of Makhtumkuli
  • Last Sunday in May – Carpet Day
  • Third Sunday in July – Galla Bayramy (celebration of the wheat harvest)
  • Second Sunday in August – Turkmen Melon Day
  • Second Sunday in September – Turkmen Bakhshi Day (celebrating the Turkmen folk singers)
  • September 27-28 – Independence Day
  • October 6 – Day of Commemoration and National Mourning (commemorating the victims of the 1948 earthquake)
  • December 12 – Day of Neutrality and Day of Student Youth
  • First day of the lunar month of Bayram – Oraza Bayram
  • Moving holiday (3 days) – Kurban Bayram


Major religious holiday, like in most Muslim countries, is, of course, Nowruz – Fitr, which marks the beginning period of renewal in nature, the arrival of warmer days. Days preceding the holiday, dedicated to restoring order in the household and cooking traditional dishes from sprouted wheat, etc. And the holiday celebrated with a lavish feast guests. According to legends the abundance and variety of dishes on the festive table should provide for the family affluence of these products in the new year. With the ancient spring festival in Turkmen linked some signs, which are still popular among the people.

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