Uzbekistan celebrates its Constitution Day every 8 December, commemorating the day in 1992 when it adopted its current constitution. Only months earlier, on 31 August, 1991, Uzbekistan had declared its independence from the USSR.
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During the 1800’s, what is today Uzbekistan was conquered and made part of the Russian Empire. When the Reds beat the Whites in the Russian Civil War, Uzbekistan became the “Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR)”. During this era, the Uzbek constitution was a mirror image of the national USSR constitution.
Under their new constitution, Uzbekistan’s people established a “presidential republic” with a democratic base. The republic was unitary, not federal and secular, nor a state-religion union.
On Constitution Day, people in Uzbekistan get a day off work. Many special events are put on all over the country, including parades, speeches, concerts, cultural exhibits, sports matches, educational seminars, and charity fundraising drives.
The biggest Constitution Day events take place in the nation’s capital city of Tashkent, but every city in the country will have at least some events. The bigger patriotic holiday in Uzbekistan is Independence Day on 31 August, but Constitution Day also gains a good amount of attention every year.