Kazakhstan Armed Forces Flag. Image via Office Holidays
When is the Defender's Day?
How long until Defenders Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 346 Days.|
Dates of Defenders Day
|7 May honours all those who have served in the armed forces past and present|
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 protecting the nation.
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.
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.