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When is Uzbek Independence Day?
How long until Independence Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 102 Days.|
Dates of Independence Day
|Became the independent Republic of Uzbekistan on 1 September 1991|
Independence Day is a public holiday in Uzbekistan, observed on 1st September.
Known as 'Mustaqillik Kuni', this is Uzbekistan's National Day and marks independence from the Soviet Union on 1 September 1991.
History of Uzbek Independence Day
Uzbekistan is a land-locked Central Asian nation that has a diverse and rich heritage due to its strategic position on the so-called Silk Road, an ancient trade route between Europe and China.
Did you know?
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only double land-locked countries: every country that surrounds them is land-locked.
Following periods of control under the Persian, Mongol and Chinese empires, the Uzbeks arrived in the region and three city-states emerged in the sixteenth century. These were eventually incorporated into the Russian Empire.
Following the Russian Revolution, the area become part of the Soviet Union, with the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic being created on 27 October 1924.
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. As a result Uzbekistan declared its state sovereignty in June 1991 and on 1 September 1991, the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan, was declared after a special session of the Supreme Council of the Republic.
How is Uzbek Independence Day Celebrated?
This is the main national holiday in Uzbekistan. Across the country, the history and rich culture of the country is marked by displays of traditional folk music, dancing and local craft.
A large concert and show takes place in the National Park in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
Did you know?
In Uzbek tradition, the most respected guest is seated the farthest from the entrance to the house.
Any feast on this holiday will no doubt include Plov, the national meal. A rice dish with mutton, rice, onions and grated carrots, legend holds it was invented by the cooks of Alexander the Great. Different regions of the country have their own variations on the dish, adding extra ingredients like pumpkins, peppers or dried tomatoes.