Independence Day in Uzbekistan in 2024

Independence Day in Uzbekistan in 2024
  How long until Independence Day?
Independence Day
  Dates of Independence Day in Uzbekistan
2025 Uzbekistan Mon, Sep 1 National Holiday
2024 Uzbekistan Sun, Sep 1 National Holiday
2023 Uzbekistan Fri, Sep 1 National Holiday
2022 Sep 1, Sep 2, Sep 3
UzbekistanSat, Sep 3National Holiday (additional day)
UzbekistanFri, Sep 2National Holiday (additional day)
UzbekistanThu, Sep 1National Holiday
2021 Sep 1, Sep 2, Sep 3
UzbekistanFri, Sep 3National Holiday (additional day)
UzbekistanThu, Sep 2National Holiday (additional day)
UzbekistanWed, Sep 1National Holiday

Uzbekistan's National Day commemorates independence from the Soviet Union on 1 September 1991.

  Local name
Mustaqillik Kuni

When is Uzbek Independence Day?

Independence Day is a public holiday in Uzbekistan, observed on September 1st.

Known locally as 'Mustaqillik Kuni', this is Uzbekistan's National Day and marks independence from the Soviet Union on September 1st 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 October 27th 1924.

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. As a result Uzbekistan declared its state sovereignty in June 1991 and on September 1st 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 and Independence Day celebrations began in 1992, when a film called Istiqlol (Independence) premiered in cinemas on the first anniversary of independence. The film premiere was followed by a speech by then-president Islam Karimov honoring the nation’s freedom at Independence Square. This established a tradition for the Uzbek presidents to deliver a speech celebrating the country’s dignity on National Day. 

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. Local artisans populate a bustling fair while folk musicians and dance troupes converge in the square for elaborate performances in traditional Uzbek style.

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.

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