Independence Day in Kazakhstan in 2019

Independence Day in Kazakhstan in 2019
  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 146 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in Kazakhstan
2021Dec 16, Dec 17
KazakhstanFri, Dec 17National Holiday
KazakhstanThu, Dec 16National Holiday
2020Dec 16, Dec 17
KazakhstanThu, Dec 17National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanWed, Dec 16National Holiday
2019Dec 16, Dec 17
KazakhstanTue, Dec 17National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanMon, Dec 16National Holiday
2018Dec 17, Dec 18
KazakhstanTue, Dec 18National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanMon, Dec 17National Holiday (in lieu)
2017Dec 16, Dec 17, Dec 18, Dec 19
KazakhstanTue, Dec 19National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanMon, Dec 18National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanSun, Dec 17National Holiday (additional day)
KazakhstanSat, Dec 16National Holiday
  Summary
On 16 Dec 1991, Kazakhstan gained its independence from the Soviet Union

When is Kazakhstan Independence Day?

This day is the National Holiday of Kazakhstan and is celebrated annually on 16th December. If 16th December falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be a holiday.

This is a two day celebration with 17th December also a holiday. The holiday period may also be extended in some years with a third day depending on which days of the week 16th December falls.

The holiday marks the independence of Kazakhstan on 16 December 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

History of Kazakhstan Independence Day

Historically the Kazak region had been an area populated by nomadic tribes. In the 18th century, the Russia Empire made advances into the region, controlling the whole of Kazakhstan by the middle of the 19th century.

After the Russian revolution in 1917 and the creation of the Soviet Union, civil war erupted in the region with various attempts to bring the people in the region together. Finally in 1936, the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic was formed.

Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Kazakhstan adopted the constitutional law on the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan on December 16, 1991. Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence, four days after Russia.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, was elected the first, and to date, the only President of Kazakhstan.

Did you know?

Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area

The day is also a time to remember the victims of the events of December 1986.

Resentment against the replacement of the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Kazakh SSR Dinmukhamed Konayev with Gennady Kolbin from the Russian SFSR erupted into mass demonstrations by young ethnic Kazakhs in December 1986. Government troops suppressed the unrest, resulting in the deaths of several people and the incarceration of many demonstrators.

How is Kazakhstan Independence Day celebrated?

Kazakhstan Independence Day is marked by festivities in the presidential palace and many Kazakhs will dress up in traditional clothes. Kurts (traditional tents) will be set up in many villages where local delicacies will be served.

"The Independence Day is an epoch-making and the most important holiday for all Kazakhstanis," the Head of State said in his congratulatory speech on the eve of the national holiday in 2018.

"27 years ago we have made a fateful decision, we have embarked on the way of sovereign development and building the independent country," the President said.

"The era of independence unveiled boundless perspectives and unique opportunities for the development and growth. We have created an efficient system of state administration meeting modern global challenges. We have earned respect and confidence of the entire international community thanks to our shrewd and open policy," the Head of State stressed.

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