The Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art is an annual professional holiday observed in Turkmenistan on June 27. The holiday recognizes the country’s artists and cultural workers, who contribute to the spiritual and intellectual development of the Turkmen society. It is not, however, a public holiday, and businesses are open as usual. The day serves to promote Turkmenistan’s legacy and to bring artists and cultural workers together with ordinary folks. It has been commemorated since 2009, and the celebrations have grown in intensity.
History of Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art
Turkmenistan, commonly known as Turkmenia, is a landlocked Central Asian republic. It has historically served as a crossroads for many countries and civilizations. Turkmenistan was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1881 and later played a key role in Central Asia’s anti-Bolshevik movement. Turkmenistan was a constituent country of the Soviet Union, the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkmen S.S.R.), from 1925 until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Every year on June 27, the Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and art is celebrated. This date encapsulates the relationship between national culture, art, and literature, emphasizing the significance of art and poetry in people’s lives. This is because art is the nation’s heritage and culture is its essence.
On May 18, 1724, Magtymguly, a Turkmen spiritual leader and philosophical poet, was born. In the 18th century, he made significant efforts to establish freedom and autonomy for his people. Until recently, the Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art was held on May 18, Constitution Day, which also was the birthday of well-known Turkmen poet Magtymguly.
By coincidence, President Berdymukhammedov’s birthday is on June 27. This holiday was established in 2008 by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. However, the first commemoration would not take place until June 27, 2009. Since then, it has been recognized as a national and professional holiday, with events held throughout Turkmenistan.
Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art timeline
Magtymguly, a spiritual leader and philosophical poet from Turkmenistan, is born.
Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic, declares its independence.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow establishes the Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art.
The first commemoration of the Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art takes place.
Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art FAQs
What is Turkmenistan's carpet's purpose?
Turkmenistan’s national unity is reflected in the patterns.
What is the Turkmen carpet pattern?
Gul or mihrab themes are commonly utilized in carpets weaved and hand-woven by Turkmen and Uzbek women.
Who is Turkmenistan ruled by?
Turkmenistan’s current president is Serdar Berdimuhamedow.
How to Observe Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art
Attend a Turkmenistan event
Turkmenistan hosts several events. You are welcome to come and enjoy the arts. On this day, there will be fairs, workshops, air silks, exhibitions, and theater performances.
Listen to music performances
Take pleasure in Turkmen culture — paintings and sculptures are not the only forms of art. On this day, enjoy Turkmen music performances and events.
Purchase a Turkmenistan carpet
Turkmenistan is well-known for the breadth of its applied arts. The most interesting Turkmen carpets, footwear, and hats are those sold on the street. Indulge yourself by purchasing one of these works of art or learning about silk weaving, which is a popular art form in the country.
5 Interesting Facts About Turkmenistan
Low tourist visits
Turkmenistan is one of the world's least-visited countries.
70% of Turkmenistan is desert.
Popular tourist attraction
Turkmenistan's most popular tourist attraction is its Darvaza gas crater.
UNESCO world heritage sites
Turkmenistan is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Silk Road cities.
Las Vegas meets Pyongyang
The “Guinness Book of World Records” describes Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's capital, as "Las Vegas meets Pyongyang."
Why Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art is Important
It depicts the relationship between culture and art
The Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art represents the overall relationship between national culture, art, and literature. It emphasizes the importance of art and poetry in Turkmenistan's culture.
It promotes Turkmenistan culture
The holiday honors and promotes Turkmenistan's culture through events held around the country. Art is the nation's legacy, and culture is its essence.
It honors all Turkmen artists
Artists are a dedicated and skilled group who deserve to be recognized for their contributions to our society. This day honors Turkmen artists and recognizes their work.
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