Holidays & Observances in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is a country in central Asia. A former member of the Soviet Union, its culture has been affected by Russia and other surrounding countries for many years. Though religion was discouraged during Soviet rule, Islam has always been an important part of Kyrgyz culture and is now practiced openly once again by most of the population. There is also a small amount of Orthodox Christians, most from Russia. Kyrgyzstan celebrates most of the same holidays as other Islamic states, including the traditional New Year’s celebration of Navruz.