Capital City Day (in lieu) in Kazakhstan in 2019

Capital City Day (in lieu) in Kazakhstan in 2019
Astana, capital of Kazakhstan
  How long until Capital City Day (in lieu)?
This holiday next takes place in 14 days.
  Dates of Capital City Day (in lieu) in Kazakhstan
2021Kazakhstan Tue, Jul 6National Holiday
2020Kazakhstan Mon, Jul 6National Holiday
2019Kazakhstan Mon, Jul 8National Holiday (in lieu)
2018Kazakhstan Fri, Jul 6National Holiday
2017Jul 6, Jul 7
KazakhstanFri, Jul 7National Holiday (bridge day)
KazakhstanThu, Jul 6National Holiday
  Summary
Astana city became the capital of Kazakhstan on 6 July 1994

When is the Day of Astana?

Capital City Day, also known as Day of Astana is a public holiday in Kazakhstan and is celebrated on 6th July.

If 6th July falls on a weekend, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

If 6th July falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, an additional day's holiday may be observed to create a long weekend.

Capital City Day commemorates the switch of the capital of Kazakhstan from Almaty to Astana.

History of Capital City Day

When Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union, the capital of the country was Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the intention was stated to move the capital back to the historical capital of Kazakhstan, Akmola. Thus on 6 July 1994, the capital of Kazakhstan was moved from Almaty to Akmola

On 6 May 1998 Akmola was renamed Astana, which means "the capital city" in Kazakh. Akmola means "white grave" in Kazakh.

On Astana’s 10th anniversary in 2008, 6th July was made a national holiday. 6th of July is also the birthday of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Astana is the second-largest city in Kazakhstan and is located in Akmola region, though it is administrated separately from the region as the city with special capital status.

The modern part of Astana is a planned city similar to Brasilia in Brazil and Canberra in Australia. The plans for this part of Astana were designed by the renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.

Astana will celebrate its day with a with a fireworks display and a laser show.

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