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2023 Calendar of Festivals in Turkmenistan

Folk festivals of amazing Turkmenistan - a unique spectacle and a lot of impressions.


Disclaimer: The following calendar is based on information received from organizers of events, local tourism boards and other sources. Changes and cancellations may occur with no prior notice due to any reasons. It is strongly advised to check dates and location before finalizing your travel plan.

Dates in RED- not confirmed / under review.

Dates in GREEN - preliminary confirmed for 2023 but advised to check before your trip.

~We cannot provide any additional information other than mentioned below~

March 21-22, 2023 | Nowruz

Nowruz is not just a meeting of spring and a bow to the awakening earth. He is the herald of mutual understanding between peoples. That is why this is one of the most significant and valuable holidays of mankind, which since 2010 has been celebrated as the International Day of Nowruz.

Nowruz Festival Turkmenistan

Experience Turkmen culture, traditional yurts, cooking of national dishes, carpet making, embroidery, singing and dancing.

Location: Ashgabad

April 30, 2023 | Turkmen Horse Festival

Turkmen Horse Festival is a public holiday in Turkmenistan held annually on the last Sunday in April. It celebrates the Akhal-Teke, a horse breed from Turkmenistan which is presented on the country's official coat of arms.

The Akhal-Teke are believed to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. They have a reputation for their endurance, speed, and intelligence. Akhal-Teke horses are also known for their ability to withstand severe climatic conditions. Due to their shiny coat with a distinctive metallic sheen they are sometimes referred to as Golden Horses.

Akhal-Teke horses are bred in many countries, but most of them are bred in Turkmenistan. This country even has a separate agency responsible for their breeding, maintenance and training. Akhal-Teke horses are considered to be the national pride of Turkmenistan. There even is a national holiday dedicated to them.

Turkmen Horse Day (also referred to as Turkmen Racing Horse Festival) is celebrated with equestrian fairs, exhibitions, dressage and racing competition and other events..

Location: Ashgabad

Akhal-Teke Horse Festival
August 13, 2023 | Melon Festival