Constitution Day in Tajikistan is held every 6 November. The holiday looks back to the day in 1994 when the nation’s constitution was officially adopted.
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Tajik peoples have lived in what is now Tajikistan for many centuries, but the more recent history of the country starts with its conquest by the Russian Empire during the later 1800’s. Soon, Communism came to Tajikistan when the Soviet Union was established after World War I. But after around 100 years of foreign domination, Tajikistan declared its independence upon the collapse of the USSR in the 1990’s.
Immediately after independence, work began on crafting a suitable constitution for the new nation. That document was finished and then implemented on 6 November, 1994.
In 1999, and again in 2003, Tajikistan’s constitution was amended by means of a popular referendum. The first amendment set up a two-house parliamentary system. The second amendment increased presidential terms to seven years. But other than that, it’s the same constitution that was adopted in 1994.
At the outset of Constitution Day in Tajikistan, there is an official flag-raising ceremony. People get the day off work, and the government organises numerous celebratory events.