Public Holidays in Kazakhstan
Nestled in Central Asia, Kazakhstan boasts a rich cultural heritage that is beautifully reflected in its public holidays. These celebrations offer a captivating journey through the nation's history, traditions, and the diverse influences that have shaped its identity. Below is a list of Kazakhstan's public holidays:
- New Year's Day (January 1): Kazakhstan welcomes the new year with a burst of festivities, including fireworks, concerts, and the joyous spirit of renewal.
- International Women's Day (March 8): Celebrated with flowers and gifts, this day honors the achievements and contributions of women in Kazakh society.
- Nauryz Meyrami (March 21-23): Among Kazakhstan's most cherished holidays, Nauryz marks the vernal equinox and the beginning of spring. Festivities include traditional games, music, dance, and a special dish known as "nauryz kozhe."
- Kazakh Language Day (April 24): A celebration of the Kazakh language's significance and cultural heritage.
- Labour Day (May 1): A day dedicated to workers' rights and achievements, often marked by parades and demonstrations.
- Victory Day (May 9): Commemorating the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, this day features military parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, and a deep sense of gratitude.
- Capital City Day (July 6): Celebrated with cultural events and entertainment, this holiday honors the establishment of the capital city, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana).
- Constitution Day (August 30): Recognizing the importance of the country's constitution in shaping its governance and democracy.
- Kazakh Independence Day (December 16): Commemorating Kazakhstan's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, celebrated with grand parades and cultural displays.
- Kurban Ait (Eid al-Adha): An important Islamic holiday marked by communal prayers, feasting, and acts of charity.
- Teacher's and Student's Day (October 1): A day to honor educators and students for their dedication to learning and knowledge.
- Defender of the Fatherland Day (May 7): Celebrating the country's armed forces and their role in defending the nation.
- Unity Day (May 1): A day emphasizing unity among Kazakhstan's diverse ethnic groups and promoting harmony.
- First President Day (December 1): Honoring Kazakhstan's first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and his contributions to the nation.
- Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan (December 1-2): A two-day celebration that reflects on the nation's journey to independence and its aspirations for the future.
- International Day of Friendship (July 30): Promoting peace, understanding, and solidarity among nations, celebrated with cultural exchanges.
These public holidays paint a vibrant portrait of Kazakhstan's cultural diversity, historical significance, and national pride. From the exuberance of Nauryz to the solemnity of Victory Day, each celebration contributes to the intricate mosaic of Kazakhstan's identity and heritage.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Independence Day||December 16||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Independence Day Holiday||December 18||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day||January 01||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Day Holiday||January 02||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Orthodox Christmas Day||January 07||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|International Women’s Day||March 08||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Nauryz||March 21||Thursday||Public Holiday|
|Nauryz Holiday||March 22||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Nauryz Holiday||March 23||Saturday||Public Holiday|
|Nauryz (observed)||March 25||Monday||Public Holiday|
|People Solidarity Holiday||May 01||Wednesday||Public Holiday|
|Defenders’ day||May 07||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|Victory Day||May 09||Thursday||Public Holiday|