Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek.
I’m currently out of the country, missing this year’s Victory Day celebrations in Kyrgyzstan. This is a big year, though, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and likely the last big anniversary that will see a significant number of veterans of the fighting able to take part in the ceremonies in person. If you’re in a country that celebrates Victory Day, in the weeks leading up to May 9th make sure to seek out celebrations of this historic anniversary.
If you had to guess, what would you say was the best way to celebrate Great Patriotic War Against Fascism Victory Day?
Bread and Circuses, of course!
If you find yourself not in the ancient Roman empire, though, maybe the former Soviet Union will do?
In Kyrgyzstan, celebrations for many public holidays take the form of some sort of public parade (though sadly, I missed the military parade on this one!), traditional horse games (my favorite!), and a lot of traditional clothes on the streets of the capitol.
My personal preference is always for the traditional horse games, but walking the streets of Bishkek on days like these is itself an adventure. The best part about the Victory Day celebrations, however, was actually several days later at the Philharmonia.
I have no idea what the Kyrgyz People’s Ensemble was singing about, but I’m pretty sure from the uniforms and heavy useage of red lighting that it had something to do with the war.
They sang, they danced, there was even a bit of slapstick comedy.
In the end, it was spectacular.
Yet another reason to visit Kyrgyzstan: the best musical experience $4 can buy.