Capital City Day in Kazakhstan in 2023

Capital City Day in Kazakhstan in 2023
Astana, capital of Kazakhstan

  How long until Capital City Day?
Capital City Day
  Dates of Capital City Day in Kazakhstan
2024 Kazakhstan Sat, Jul 6 National Holiday (in lieu)
2023 Kazakhstan Thu, Jul 6 National Holiday
2022 Kazakhstan Wed, Jul 6 National Holiday
2021 Jul 5, Jul 6
KazakhstanTue, Jul 6National Holiday
KazakhstanMon, Jul 5National Holiday (bridge day)
2020 Kazakhstan Mon, Jul 6 National Holiday
  Summary

Astana City 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. The city, already the Guinness World Record holder for having the most name-changes, has renamed itself yet again. On September 17th it reverted to Astana. “Capital”. 

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

The capital of Kazakhstan has had many names over the years. It started life as Akmolinsk, at its founding as a Russian military outpost in 1830. Then, from 1961, it was Tselinograd, Russian for “virgin lands city”, to mark its place at the centre of Soviet expansion to the steppe. At the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it was renamed Akmola, or “white tomb”. On May 6th 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.

Nur-Sultan 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 Nur-Sultan 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.

Nur-Sultan will celebrate its day with a fireworks display and a laser show.

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