Capital City Day in Kazakhstan in 2020

Capital City Day in Kazakhstan in 2020
Astana, capital of Kazakhstan
  How long until Capital City Day?
This holiday next takes place in 319 days.
  Dates of Capital City Day in Kazakhstan
2021 Kazakhstan Tue, Jul 6National Holiday
2020 Kazakhstan Mon, Jul 6National Holiday
2019 Kazakhstan Mon, Jul 8National Holiday (in lieu)
2018 Kazakhstan Fri, Jul 6National Holiday
2017 Jul 6, Jul 7
KazakhstanFri, Jul 7National Holiday (bridge day)
KazakhstanThu, Jul 6National Holiday
  Summary
Astana City (now Nur-Sultan) became the capital of Kazakhstan on July 6th 1994

When is Capital City Day?

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

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

In March 2019, Astana was renamed Nur-Sultan, in honour of veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev who resigned as President after 30 years as the country's leader.

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 July 6th 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, July 6th was made a national holiday. July 6th is also the birthday of the former 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 fireworks display and a laser show.

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