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New Year's Eve is Past but Debates Continue in Tajikistan
Written by Mahina Shodizoda On 23 January 2014 @ 15:04 pm | 1 Comment
In Arts & Culture, Central Asia & Caucasus, Citizen Media, English, Quick Reads, Tajikistan
Although the New Year's Eve is past, social media users in Tajikistan continue debating over the appropriateness of the holiday which many Tajiks see as a remnant of the “alien” Russian culture. On NewEurasia.net, Loki suggests  that the very discussion about whether the New Year's Eve should or should not be celebrated has in itself become an annual “tradition” in Tajikistan.
Tajikistan became independent 22 years ago. Since then, Islam has come to play a much more important role in the everyday life of Tajikistani society, and there has been a greater emphasis on the “national” cultural heritage. Yet the continuing disputes about holidays (both old  and new ), monuments , and national symbols  demonstrate that there is still little agreement in society about what it means to be “Tajik” and what role religion has to play in the country.
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URLs in this post:
 suggests: http://www.neweurasia.net/culture-and-history/new-year-is-still-on-in-tajikistan/
 old: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/01/05/celebrating-new-years-eve-in-central-asia/
 new: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/10/31/halloween-in-tajikistan-devil-worship-or-innocent-fun/
 monuments: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/14/lenin-in-tajikistan-better-hitler-or-real-hero/
 national symbols: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/24/time-to-change-tajikistans-flag/
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