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ahamill
post Nov 12 2008, 04:33 AM
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Hello Uzbekistan travelers, I hope you're planning to come soon! Here's a thought: in Uzbekistan (like many other places), people tend to take time off around government-recognized holidays. That is, if there's a Friday off for Remembrance & Honor Day (May 9th, 2009, for example), then you'll likely find folks taking time out of the office for quite a few days to have a long vacation! It's worth noting the following dates because, well, the truth is that some offices will just be closed - including travel offices, some service offices, and even some government offices will be short-staffed or non-staffed.
For 2009, the dates that many people in UZ get as a holiday are:
Jan 1, 2009: New Year's Day (BIG holiday)
March 8: International Women's Day (Monday the 9th is a public holiday)
March 21: Navruz (New Year), comes with Monday off of work.
May 9th: Remembrance & Honor Day (Friday May 8th is a public holiday)
Sept 1st: Independence Day
near Sept 21st: Roza Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
October 1st: Teachers' Day
Nov 28: Kurban Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
December 8: Constitution Day

If you've got the option, then travel within UZ around those dates should be carefully considered!

It's cold now, freezing, and even snowed on Nov 10th - the city is all buzzing with the news. Snow isn't common here and, after the record-breaking winter last year, everyone is worried that this year will be as cold. Pack warm clothes for the next few months!



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post Jan 15 2009, 03:03 AM
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Here's an interesting addition: Jan 13th is the 'old' New Year, and surprise, it's still acknowledged! On Jan 13th, folks greet each other with another Happy Old New Year! here's the story I've received from folks here: so up until the Revolution (1917-18), the Russian Empire followed the Julian calendar which was 13 days different from the Gregorian. So after the Revolution, they adopted the current calendar year which aligned them with most of the rest of the world. So they celebrate New Years on Jan 1st, but then they don't forget that in the 'old days', the New Year was January 13th!
I think it's great! Any excuse to have a holiday and wish someone a New Year!

Anyway, it's not an 'official' holiday, so we don't get the day off or anything. Nevertheless, everyone wishes each other Happy Old New Year.

QUOTE(ahamill @ Nov 12 2008, 04:33 AM) *

Hello Uzbekistan travelers, I hope you're planning to come soon! Here's a thought: in Uzbekistan (like many other places), people tend to take time off around government-recognized holidays. That is, if there's a Friday off for Remembrance & Honor Day (May 9th, 2009, for example), then you'll likely find folks taking time out of the office for quite a few days to have a long vacation! It's worth noting the following dates because, well, the truth is that some offices will just be closed - including travel offices, some service offices, and even some government offices will be short-staffed or non-staffed.
For 2009, the dates that many people in UZ get as a holiday are:
Jan 1, 2009: New Year's Day (BIG holiday)
March 8: International Women's Day (Monday the 9th is a public holiday)
March 21: Navruz (New Year), comes with Monday off of work.
May 9th: Remembrance & Honor Day (Friday May 8th is a public holiday)
Sept 1st: Independence Day
near Sept 21st: Roza Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
October 1st: Teachers' Day
Nov 28: Kurban Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
December 8: Constitution Day

If you've got the option, then travel within UZ around those dates should be carefully considered!

It's cold now, freezing, and even snowed on Nov 10th - the city is all buzzing with the news. Snow isn't common here and, after the record-breaking winter last year, everyone is worried that this year will be as cold. Pack warm clothes for the next few months!



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post Jan 15 2009, 03:05 AM
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Here's an interesting addition: Jan 13th is the 'old' New Year, and surprise, it's still acknowledged! On Jan 13th, folks greet each other with another Happy Old New Year! here's the story I've received from folks here: so up until the Revolution (1917-18), the Russian Empire followed the Julian calendar which was 13 days different from the Gregorian. So after the Revolution, they adopted the current calendar year which aligned them with most of the rest of the world. So they celebrate New Years on Jan 1st, but then they don't forget that in the 'old days', the New Year was January 13th!
I think it's great! Any excuse to have a holiday and wish someone a New Year!

Anyway, it's not an 'official' holiday, so we don't get the day off or anything. Nevertheless, everyone wishes each other Happy Old New Year.

QUOTE(ahamill @ Nov 12 2008, 04:33 AM) *

Hello Uzbekistan travelers, I hope you're planning to come soon! Here's a thought: in Uzbekistan (like many other places), people tend to take time off around government-recognized holidays. That is, if there's a Friday off for Remembrance & Honor Day (May 9th, 2009, for example), then you'll likely find folks taking time out of the office for quite a few days to have a long vacation! It's worth noting the following dates because, well, the truth is that some offices will just be closed - including travel offices, some service offices, and even some government offices will be short-staffed or non-staffed.
For 2009, the dates that many people in UZ get as a holiday are:
Jan 1, 2009: New Year's Day (BIG holiday)
March 8: International Women's Day (Monday the 9th is a public holiday)
March 21: Navruz (New Year), comes with Monday off of work.
May 9th: Remembrance & Honor Day (Friday May 8th is a public holiday)
Sept 1st: Independence Day
near Sept 21st: Roza Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
October 1st: Teachers' Day
Nov 28: Kurban Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
December 8: Constitution Day

If you've got the option, then travel within UZ around those dates should be carefully considered!

It's cold now, freezing, and even snowed on Nov 10th - the city is all buzzing with the news. Snow isn't common here and, after the record-breaking winter last year, everyone is worried that this year will be as cold. Pack warm clothes for the next few months!



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post Jan 15 2009, 03:08 AM
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Here's an interesting addition: Jan 13th is the 'old' New Year, and surprise, it's still acknowledged! On Jan 13th, folks greet each other with another Happy Old New Year! here's the story I've received from folks here: so up until the Revolution (1917-18), the Russian Empire followed the Julian calendar which was 13 days different from the Gregorian. So after the Revolution, they adopted the current calendar year which aligned them with most of the rest of the world. So they celebrate New Years on Jan 1st, but then they don't forget that in the 'old days', the New Year was January 13th!
I think it's great! Any excuse to have a holiday and wish someone a New Year!

Anyway, it's not an 'official' holiday, so we don't get the day off or anything. Nevertheless, everyone wishes each other Happy Old New Year.

QUOTE(ahamill @ Nov 12 2008, 04:33 AM) *

Hello Uzbekistan travelers, I hope you're planning to come soon! Here's a thought: in Uzbekistan (like many other places), people tend to take time off around government-recognized holidays. That is, if there's a Friday off for Remembrance & Honor Day (May 9th, 2009, for example), then you'll likely find folks taking time out of the office for quite a few days to have a long vacation! It's worth noting the following dates because, well, the truth is that some offices will just be closed - including travel offices, some service offices, and even some government offices will be short-staffed or non-staffed.
For 2009, the dates that many people in UZ get as a holiday are:
Jan 1, 2009: New Year's Day (BIG holiday)
March 8: International Women's Day (Monday the 9th is a public holiday)
March 21: Navruz (New Year), comes with Monday off of work.
May 9th: Remembrance & Honor Day (Friday May 8th is a public holiday)
Sept 1st: Independence Day
near Sept 21st: Roza Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
October 1st: Teachers' Day
Nov 28: Kurban Hait (precise day off is decided within a month of the exact date - and it does come with a day off from work)
December 8: Constitution Day

If you've got the option, then travel within UZ around those dates should be carefully considered!

It's cold now, freezing, and even snowed on Nov 10th - the city is all buzzing with the news. Snow isn't common here and, after the record-breaking winter last year, everyone is worried that this year will be as cold. Pack warm clothes for the next few months!



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