This year, Tajikistan’s Independence Day is expected to be celebrated decently, without excessive pomposity.

No military parades or festive processions will be held in Dushanbe and other cities of the country on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of Tajikistan’s independence, a source in the Tajik government told Asia-Plus in an interview.  

According to him, a festive concert will take place at the Navrouzgoh State Complex in Dushanbe on August 8 and President Emomali Rahmon will address the gathering.  

Government bodies will hold festive meetings and various cultural and sports activities on the occasion of the national holiday, the source added.  

Recall, Tajikistan is making preparations to grandly celebrate the 30th anniversary of Independence Day, which will be marked in September 2021.  Therefore, other holidays will be celebrated not so widely. 

The Republic of Tajikistan celebrates its Independence Day on September 9. This public holiday commemorates the independence of Tajikistan from the Soviet Union in 1991.

In 1924, Tajikistan was incorporated into Uzbekistan as the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. It became a separate constituent Soviet republic (the Tajik SSR) five years later.  When the imminent collapse of the Soviet Union became evident, Tajikistan proclaimed its independence. The official proclamation was made on September 9, 1991.

Independence Day in Tajikistan is a national holiday and a non-working day. It is celebrated nationwide with solemn speeches, flag hoisting ceremonies, concerts, performances, exhibitions, street fairs, sporting competitions and firework displays.  The main celebration is held in the capital city of Dushanbe.