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|This holiday next takes place in 137 Days.|
Dates of Capital City Day
|Astana city became the capital of Kazakhstan on 6 July 1994|
Capital City Day, also known as Day of Astana is a public holiday in Kazakhstan and is celebrated on 6 July. If 6 July falls on a weekend, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday. If 6 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.
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.
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.
6th of July is also the birthday of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Astana will celebrate its day with a with a fireworks display and a laser show.