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Novruz
Turkmenistan

Novruz 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan celebrates Novruz each year with a two-day holiday. Novruz has been observed for some 3,000 years in Central Asia and Iran.

YearDateDayHoliday
202121 MarSunNovruz Holiday
22 MarMonNovruz Holiday
202221 MarMonNovruz Holiday
22 MarTueNovruz Holiday
202321 MarTueNovruz Holiday
22 MarWedNovruz Holiday
202421 MarThuNovruz Holiday
22 MarFriNovruz Holiday
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Novruz is the old Persian New Year, celebrated by the ancient Zoroastrians and by many Aryans and Turks. The name means “New Day”, and it’s considered the first day of spring. In fact, it is usually celebrated on 21 March, at the official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

In Turkmenistan, the main centre of celebration for Novruz is in the valley of Akhal, which is set on plains in the mountainous foothills. It is a wide expanse that offers plenty of space to set up traditional Turkish tents called “yurts” and to enjoy the picture-perfect surroundings. A bazaar is set up too, and people come to buy all manner of traditional souvenirs and trinkets. Symbolic gates, courtyards, and tall swing sets are also erected for the event.

Also, the Novruz air is filled with the melody and voice of musicians who are also story-tellers, while “strong men” wrestle and the crowd cheers. Replicas of all the most important monuments in Turkmenistan are set up in the valley, and the people feast like on no other day, especially on semeni (wheat treats), kebabs, and aromatic rice pilaf.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202021 MarSatNovruz Holiday
22 MarSunNovruz Holiday
201921 MarThuNovruz Holiday
22 MarFriNovruz Holiday
201821 MarWedNovruz Holiday
22 MarThuNovruz Holiday
201721 MarTueNovruz Holiday
22 MarWedNovruz Holiday