“Our honoured President”. The editorial board of Chronicles of Turkmenistan receives a programme for celebrations of Turkmen Horse Day

Reading the official Turkmen news or watching channels on Turkmen television one can get an impression that everyday life in the country is abundant in festivities and various festive events.

The festivities, or chare as they are referred to in Turkmenistan, are arranged for various occasions, from the opening of a petrol station or a car park to events personally attended by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov.

On a regular basis the head of the state gives instructions to ensure that chare are organized at the top level. The Deputy Chairperson of Cabinet of Ministers overseeing culture and mass media Gulshat Mammedova is responsible for conducting the festivities.

It may sound ridiculous to an ignorant foreign observer, but the Turkmen authorities treat the rehearsals and subsequent celebrations very seriously.

For instance, the Chronicles of Turkmenistan has previously reported that, a week prior to the opening of the car tunnel under a roundabout, the municipal authorities dismantled air conditioners from adjacent residential houses and bedded young plants along the roads.

If something goes wrong, the officials responsible are reprimanded. In December 2016, when the President was not happy with the quality of the television broadcast of a concert, the aforementioned Deputy Prime Minister overseeing culture, Minister of Culture and Chairperson of the State TV and Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography Committee were reprimanded.

On 30 April the Day of Akhal-Teke horse was celebrated in Turkmenistan. The editorial board of Chronicles of Turkmenistan received the official detailed script for celebrations of Turkmen Horse Day.

The original version of the script in Turkmen is available here.

Let us recall that on 29 April President Berdymukhammedov was presented with seven horses as a gift and won the horse race. The President's victory was not envisaged in the script.

Below is the agenda for the festive events devoted to the celebrations of Turkmen Horse Day from 26 to 30 April

29 April (as an example)

8:00 a.m. � The President of Turkmenistan, esteemed Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov arrives at the Akhal-teke horse breeding association by car. Two girls in national dress present flowers to our honoured President as he gets out of his car. Our esteemed president of Turkmenistan watches a performance prepared by artists.

8:10-8:50 a.m. � Presenting gifts to our esteemed President in honour of Day of Turkmen Horse.

8:50-9:40 a.m. � Festive events

9:40-10:30 a.m.� The final part of the international horse beauty contest The most beautiful Akhal-teke horse of the year.

10:30-11:00 a.m.� Honouring the winners of the contest The most beautiful Akhal-teke horse of the year and of the contests for artists, sculptors, jewelers, carpet weavers, designers, photographers, cameramen, printed goods experts devoted to the Day of Turkmen Horse.

11:00 a.m.� Our honoured President leaves the central stands and heads to his car where two girls in national dress present flowers to our honoured President. Our honoured President says good-bye to the festival participants and departs.

3:00-5:00 p.m.� Tour for foreign visitors to the festival of the National Museum of the State Centre for Turkmenistan's Culture and the Museum of Carpet. Tour of Ashgabat's attractions.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan