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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Central Asia

Since independence, the post-Soviet nations of Central Asia have invented a number of new ‘national’ holidays.

kg_paradeYet the celebration of the New Year’s Eve, the Soviet people’s most favorite holiday, still remains a cherished tradition among many people in the region. Read on Global Voices Online >>


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Tajikistan: ‘Halloween is not for Patriots’

In Tajikistan, celebration of Halloween (or other ‘alien’ holidays) borders on national treason.

There are not many people in Tajikistan who know anything about Halloween. Yet even rare celebrations of the holiday in the country make some people uneasy. Is Halloween an ‘alien’ tradition endangering Tajik culture? Or is it just an ‘innocent prank’? Read on Global Voices Online >>


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