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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Kyrgyzstan. Please scroll down to view.

Kyrgyzstan is a country located in Central Asia. Officially known as the Kyrgyz Republic, this country currently celebrates 13 national holidays. Many of these holidays occur over a several day celebration. The Kyrgyz government often adds public holidays to the calendar each year to extend celebrations. The most common time for this to happen is during the first week of May.

Holidays in Kyrgyzstan are governed by the Labour Code of Kyrgyzstan 2004 which is an amended version of the original 1997 Code. Section 155 of the labour code establishes national holidays and gives the government the right to enact one-time holidays each year and to move holidays occurring on a weekend to the next following work day.

Section 165 of the Labor Code amended in 2002 requires that all employers provide employees with a paid day off for national holidays. If the employees are required to perform work on these days, employers must provide them with premium pay or a different day off in lieu of the holiday. The choice of which way the employee is compensated is based on the working contract.

Several of the holidays in Kyrgyz are based on the lunar cycle. These holidays will occur at different times each year. The government publishes a calendar of when the holidays will fall in the New Year and employers are required to acknowledge these dates regardless of when they occur.

The first week of May has three national holidays that are celebrated. Often, the government of Kyrgyzstan will declare a few of the days in between these holidays as national observance days, creating a 9-day national holiday period.

Cultural, Religious, and Provincial Holidays

The Kyrgyz Republic has a very diverse cultural background. Many people within the country still adhere to the ancient Persian belief system and celebrate this culture and religion through many different holiday events during the year. The government of Kyrgyz acknowledges this heritage but does not recognise the holidays on a national level.

In addition to the strong Persian heritage, there is a significant amount of Russian influence throughout the country. This influence has led to many culturally based celebrations that are not recognised by the Kyrgyz government.

Many people live separate from the mainstream areas of Kyrgyz in the mountains. Each of these provinces’ may celebrate holidays that are strictly observed only in these areas.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
3 JanTueNew Year Holiday
7 JanSatOrthodox Christmas
23 FebThuHomeland Defender's Day
8 MarWedWomen's Day
21 MarTuePeople's Holiday of Nooruz
7 AprFriDay of the People's April Revolution
1 MayMonLabour Day
5 MayFriConstitution Day of the Kyrgyz Republic
9 MayTueVictory Day
25 JunSunOrozo Ait / End of Ramadan
31 AugThuIndependence Day of the Kyrgyz Republic
1 SepFriKuma Ait / Feast of Sacrifice
7 NovTueSocial Revolution Day