For most of the world, the 7th of April is celebrated as World Health Day, but that’s not the case in Turkmenistan. Their version of this holiday, known simply as Health Day, is observed on the first Saturday in November every year.
It’s a holiday that encourages citizens of the country to take their health into their own hands by getting enough exercise, eating right, and controlling underlying conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure. This is a day that’s celebrated in the country as a public holiday and one that’s marked by the roads of the country teeming with bicyclists and runners.
The History Of Health Day In Turkmenistan
The origin of this holiday can be traced back to just after World War II. This is when the World Health Organization (WHO) held the first health assembly in 1948. This health assembly would convene every year to discuss topics related to public health and in 1950, they decided to make the 7th of April of every year World Health Day.
This world began to be celebrated by countries all across the world, including in Turkmenistan. However, the holiday in Turkmenistan was celebrated not in April but instead on the first Saturday in November.
Observing Health Day In Turkmenistan
Since this is a public holiday in Turkmenistan, most people have the day off. It’s also a holiday on which businesses, schools, and government offices are closed. This allows the citizens of the country to engage in healthy activities. One of the main activities that are observed in the country is a bike marathon that happens each and every year. In some areas, there are so many cyclists on the roads, it can be hard for local traffic.
Of course, cycling isn’t the only way this holiday is celebrated. People also celebrate it in a number of other ways including running marathons, hiking, or engaging in other outdoor activities. There are also seminars that exhibit the importance of people taking their health seriously to avoid serious diseases such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.
When is Health Day in Turkmenistan?
|This year (2022)||November 5 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||November 4 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||November 6 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|