Citizens of Turkmenistan, like a big and friendly family, are celebrating the 24th anniversary of sacred independence of the Motherland today. By tradition, the most grandiose celebrations in honour of the glorious anniversary took place on the main square of the country, where thousands of Ashgabat citizens and guests, who had arrived from all the regions of the country and abroad, had gathered together.
The guests also included the cabinet ministers, the heads of Mejlis, military and law enforcement agencies, ministries and departments, major public organisations, the hyakims of the regions and Ashgabat, the heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Turkmenistan and ambassadors of Turkmenistan to foreign countries. A solemn atmosphere reigned at the venue for the anniversary celebrations.
The clock showed 10.00. The President of Turkmenistan appeared on the tribune. The leader of the Turkmen state warmly greeted the participants and guests of the Independence Day celebrations.
The festive events in honour of the main national holiday began with a military parade. President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General of the Army Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received the military parade.
The Honour Guard appeared on the square, carrying the State Flag of Turkmenistan. The State Anthem was performed.
A group of standard bearers opened the Independence Day parade. Soldiers of the Separate Battalion of the Honour Guard appeared on the square, carrying the flags of all the national army forces of Turkmenistan.
Young drummers from specialized military schools at the Ministry of Defence of Turkmenistan marched in rows on the square.
The battalion of officers of the national army – the best representatives of all the troops of the Armed Forces of independent neutral Turkmenistan – appeared on the square, measuring out their pace.
Military servants of the national army forces marched in an orderly manner.
The Independence Day parade continued in the air. Helicopters and aircrafts flew over the square.
The roar of engines was heard: modern military machines and equipment that the national army of Turkmenistan has at its disposal appeared in front of the tribune.
The finale of the parade in honour of the anniversary of sacred independence of the Motherland was an inspired performance by the combined military orchestra of the Armed Forces of Turkmenistan.
A group of horse riders, riding magnificent Ahalteke horses that symbolize the resolute steps of the Turkmen state on the path of independence, appeared on the square.
Then specialists, representing all the sectors of Turkmen economy and all the regions of our country, marched in several columns on the square.
The celebrations on the main square of the country were concluded with the song devoted to the epoch of might and happiness, the Turkmen leader Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the Motherland and Independence.
The holiday that had begun in the heart of the Motherland continued in all its regions.
A concert in honour of Independence Day was held at the Alem Cultural and Entertainment Centre, where numerous citizens and guests to the capital of Turkmenistan had gathered together.
The sparkling fountain of fireworks jetted into the night sky and splashed in colourful lights. Glittering ‘flowers’ that bloomed in the sky became a gorgeous bouquet presented to all citizens of Turkmenistan for Independence Day.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan