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19 Mar 2019 | 05:11 AM UTC

Tajikistan: Navruz celebrations planned March 21-24

Tajikistan News Alert

Navruz (Persian New Year) celebrations to be held nationwide March 21-24; US Embassy warns of terror threat during festivities

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Dushanbe). COUNTRY/REGION Tajikistan


Tajikistan will celebrate Navruz, also known as Persian New Year, from Thursday, March 21, to Sunday, March 24, throughout the country. Navruz is celebrated as a public holiday during those dates and disruptions to commercial and government activities and transportation are likely during the festivities, particularly in the capital of Dushanbe. The US Embassy in Dushanbe issued an advisory on Monday, March 18, for citizens to avoid crowds and maintain a low profile due to the risk of spontaneous terrorist attacks targeting US and Western personnel and interests during the holiday.


Navruz is celebrated during the vernal equinox and is recognized as the Persian New Year.


Individuals in Tajikistan are advised to remain vigilant, keep a low profile, avoid large crowds, and anticipate government, commercial, and transportation disruptions.


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