On these holidays public institutions (including Torugart and Irkeshtam land border crossing stations) close, but all bazaars and most of shops remain open.
|1 January||New Years Day|
|7 January||Russian Orthodox Christmas|
|23 February||Soviet Army Day (Men’s Day)|
|8 March||Womens Day|
|1 May||Labor Day|
|5 May||Constitution Day|
|9 May||Victory Day|
|31 August||Independence Day|
|end of Ramadan||Orozo Ait|
|70 days after Orozo Ait||
Nooruz is the Central Asian New Year, one of the most widely celebrated holiday in Kyrgyzstan. People buy or make new clothes, and boz ui (yurts) are put up and decorated with juniper. In Bishkek, festivities culimnate in a rowdy game of ulak tartysh. In the countryside smaller, but no less lively celebrations take place.
Orozo Ait marks the end of the Ramadan fasting and Id al-Fitr. For three days people feast, celebrate, and exchange gifts.
Kurman Ait is an Islamic feasting day commemorating the sacrifice of the prophet Abraham. The holiday celebrates mercy and faith.