Constitution Day in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia that’s home to approximately 9.5 million people, the 6th of November is celebrated as Constitution Day. As its name implies, this holiday marks the adoption of the Republic of Tajikistan’s Constitution on this date in 1994. Prior to it declaring its independence, the country had been a part of the Soviet Union.
Nowadays, the country is a Unitary Presidential Constitutional Republic. This holiday is a public holiday, so it’s a day off of work for many people, and schools, government offices, and some businesses are closed. It’s also a day that’s filled with many patriotic events and activities.
The History Of Constitution Day In Tajikistan
Tajikistan was originally part of the Soviet Union, but that changed back in 1990 when the country declared its sovereignty. After this declaration, the country would then gain its independence the following year. Although independence allowed the country to move towards its own goals, it also highlighted some of the ethnic tensions that existed. This came to a boil when the country descended into a bitter civil war.
In 1994, a ceasefire agreement was signed and in November of that year, a referendum was held that adopted a new constitution and elected a new president. On November 6th, 1994, the constitution was adopted. Since its adoption, the constitution has been amended two times. The first time was on September 26th, 1999 and the second time was June 22nd, 2003.
Observing Constitution Day In Tajikistan
All across Tajikistan, this holiday is observed with parades, festivals, and exhibitions — particularly in the capital city of Dushanbe. There is also the ceremonious raising of the Tajikistan flag, and a day off for many citizens. Some citizens use the day off to visit loved ones and to enjoy communal meals that include dishes such as Khom-Shurbo, Mantu, and Shakarob.