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On Tuesday, Tajikistan's President, Emomali Rahmon, sent a draft law on making amendments to the country's law "On Holidays" to the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan's lower chamber of parliament).
The bill sent to the Majlisi Namoyandagon would make November 24 a new annual national holiday, to be observed as the "National Flag Day of Tajikistan". It is still unclear whether such a bill would be passed before November 24 of this year.
An additional question is whether this would be a non-working public holiday, or a working holiday, as both the Labor Code of Tajikistan and the Law on Public Holidays, last amended in 2005 (2005-12-30), specify 3 "working holidays"; The Day of the Tajik Language (July 22), Mehrgon(Harvest holiday), and Sada(also occurring in the fall).
In any case, such a purely nationalistic new holiday would be in line with President Emomali Rahmon's decade-long drive to weed-out "traditional popular holidays, ceremonies and rituals" and "socially-divisive celebrations which have a negative impact on the people's living standards" (1999-07-09).
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