Constitution Day Of The Kyrgyz Republic
Observed annually on May 5th, Constitution Day is a holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the country’s Constitution in 1993 after its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It replaced the Constitution that was adopted by the Kyrgyz SSR in 1978, and the country’s name changed from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to the Kyrgyz Republic.
Over the years, the country’s Constitution has been amended several times—but a Constitutional Court eventually restored the Constitution to the one that was amended in February of 2003.
The History of Constitution Day
When the Republic of Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it had to replace the Constitution of the Kyrgyz SSR, which was adopted in 1978. After some deliberation, the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic was adopted on May 5, 1993. The name of the country was then changed from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan to the Kyrgyz Republic.
Over the years, there have been several changes made to the Constitution and several amendments added. It was amended and changed in 2003, 2006, and finally in 2007. In 2007, the Constitutional Court overturned the last two editions of the Constitution, and the 2003 version was finally restored.
Observing Constitution Day in the Kyrgyz Republic
This day is a public holiday in the Kyrgyz Republic, so it’s a day off for the general population. It’s also a day when schools and many businesses are closed. There are also special exhibitions and other events held to commemorate this day. The hashtag #ConstitutionDay is also used on social media to spread the word about this holiday.