Day Of The Great October Socialist Revolution

Historically, the Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution has been a holiday that was celebrated in Kyrgyzstan on the 7th of November every year. It was celebrated when the country was a satellite of the Soviet Union and its original purpose was to celebrate the 1917 Russian Revolution.

When this holiday was observed, it included military parades, the raising of the Kyrgyzstan flag, military bands, and other such events. Although November 7th is still observed as a holiday in Kyrgyzstan, it’s now a holiday that’s known as The Days of History and Commemoration of Ancestors. This holiday is observed over the course of 2-days and is now used to commemorate a tragedy that happened in 1916.

The History Of The Day Of The Great October Socialist Revolution

In the Soviet Union, and countries behind the Iron Curtain, the 7th day of November was observed as October Revolution Day, or in Kyrgyzstan as the Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution. This was a day that celebrated the 1917 Russian Revolution. However, when the USSR collapsed in the early 1990s, the holiday was dropped by most of all former Soviet republics, although Belarus did decide to keep the holiday.

In Kyrgyzstan, the holiday was rebranded as the Days of History and Commemoration of Ancestors, a holiday that takes place over November 7th and 8th. This was done in 2017. It is now celebrated to commemorate the victims of the 1916 tragedy that took place in Kyrgyzstan.

This uprising happened when Russia tried to draft Central Asians into the army to build fortifications during World War I. Muslims refused and rebelled against Russian authorities. It’s estimated that 150,000 Kyrgyz were killed by Russian forces. A public commission held in Kyrgyzstan in 2016 concluded that the actions taken by Russian forces should be classified as genocide.

Observing The History Of The Day Of The Great October Socialist Revolution

This holiday was observed with military parades, flag-raising ceremonies, and other events. It’s still celebrated with parades today, but it isn’t as militant as it once was. It’s also a public holiday, so people are given a day off and many schools, government offices, and businesses are closed.

Where is it celebrated?
Kyrgyzstan (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
November 7 Tuesday
Next year (2024)
November 7 Thursday
Last year (2022)
November 7 Monday