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Kyrgyzstan : Discover the country's culture

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Kyrgyzstan : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

15th century, Kyrgyz settled in the region.
1876, the territory was attached to the Russian empire.
1990, organisation of free elections and Askar Akaiev took over power as President.
31 August 1991, the country voted for its independence.
2004, Asher Aska´ev was still in power. He is seen as one of the most liberal leaders in Central Asia.
25 March 2005, the Tulip revolution: a big opposition movement against the government, led mainly by former dignitaries of the regime and supported by the United States, that took large crowds to the presidential Palace. Looting and anger caused Aska´ev and Kourmanbek Bakiev, the acting head of government appointed by parliament, to flee. Aska´ev took advantage of his position to own all the resources and companies of the country, leaving a large majority of people miserable.

Kyrgyzstan : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events

Events

Muslim feasts follow the lunar calendar. Dates thus vary each year. To estimate them, take away 11 days from one year to the other
1st January: New Year's Day.
January: Orthodox Christmas and New Year.
24 February: Defenders Day.
8 March: Women's Day.
21 March: Noruz - Zarathustra New Year.
24 March: Revolution Day.
April: Orthodox Easter.
1st May: Labour Day.
5 May: Constitution Day.
9 May: Victory Day.
31 August: National Day - Independence Day.
7 November: Anniversary of the October Revolution.
31 December: Feast of Sacrifice.

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