Defender's Day in Kazakhstan in 2020

Defender's Day in Kazakhstan in 2020
Kazakhstan Armed Forces Flag. Image via Office Holidays
  How long until Defender's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 233 days.
  Dates of Defender's Day in Kazakhstan
2021 Kazakhstan Fri, May 7 National Holiday
2020 Kazakhstan Thu, May 7 National Holiday
2019 Kazakhstan Tue, May 7 National Holiday
2018 May 7, May 8
KazakhstanTue, May 8National Holiday (bridge day)
KazakhstanMon, May 7National Holiday
2017 Kazakhstan Mon, May 8 National Holiday
  Summary
May 7th honours all those who have served in the Kazakh armed forces past and present
  Local name
Отан Қорғаушы күні

When is the Defender's Day?

Defender's Day is a public holiday in Kazakhstan celebrated on May 7th.

If May 7th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

Also known as Defender of the Fatherland Day, this holiday honours the role of the Kazakh armed forces in establishing and maintaining the nationhood of Kazakhstan.

History of Defender's Day

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan gained its independence in December 1991.

The new-found independence meant the need for Kazakhstan to protect itself and on May 7th 1992, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Decree that established the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. On the same day, the President enacted the transformation of the State Committee of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan into the Ministry of Defence, giving Sagadat Nurmagambetov the military rank of Colonel General, and the appointment of the General-Colonel Nurmagambetov as Defence Minister of Kazakhstan.

From the 1990s Defender's Day had been a holiday only for military personnel. In 2012, marking the 20th anniversary, the law was amended to declare it a national holiday for all Kazakhs.

Despite being called Defender of the 'Fatherland' Day, thousands of women serve in the Kazakh Armed Forces, so this is not a purely 'male' holiday in Kazakhstan.

The holiday is celebrated with military parades, demonstrations, concerts, shows and festive events across the country.

This holiday is followed two days later with Victory Day, which celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War, making this a very patriotic time of year.

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