Celebrated every year on the first Sunday of December, the Good Neighborliness Day is a public holiday in Turkmenistan. The objective of this holiday is to meet neighbors, share food and maybe work together on a project that benefits the whole community. It’s a chance to celebrate the community by linking with neighbors, the people we live next door and to develop the neighborhood.
Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are reduced, children are safer, people live happily) when neighbors know one another better. Understanding your neighbor and creating friendly-relations with neighbors, is a very powerful step towards a greater Turkmenistan.
|Day of Good Neighborliness in Turkmenistan|
|Turkmenistan’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.|
|When Celebrated:|| |
First Sunday of December
|Upcoming Date:||Sunday, December 5, 2021|
Encourages strong and friendly connection with neighbors
Sharing food with neighbors, community get-togethers, festive events
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Dates of Good Neighborliness Day in Turkmenistan
Good Neighborliness Day is established to encourage a healthy relationship with neighbors. It’s a day of gatherings to share food, fellowship and fun while re-kindling friendships; inviting new neighbors; catching up on each others’ families and interests.
This public holiday inspires, builds, and sustains the neighborhood associations that provide the basis for civic action and the building of stronger, more caring and successful communities.
Bringing neighbors collectively builds connectedness. And connectedness builds productive communities that strengthen a nation as a whole.
What Happens On This Day
On Good Neighborliness Day, the people of Turkmenistan celebrate neighborhood by:
- each household sharing food with its neighbors
- the community members holding a small get-together
- neighbors interacting with each other
- taking part in a project with neighbors
- Forgiving neighbors and let go off any grudges
Apart from all this, there are held festive events and symbolic gatherings in almost every major city of Turkmenistan. Events like free concerts, game shows, and folk festivals are a staple of Good Neighborliness Day celebrations.
History Of This Day
The Day of Good Neighborliness originates from the ancient Turkmen tradition called Goňşy Okara (neighbor’s bowl), based on which people should share salt and bread with neighbors in everyday life.
Following the early Turkmen custom, the people of Turkmenistan today celebrate the first Sunday of December as a public holiday to greet their neighbors with salt and bread and treat each other to national dishes, fruits, and sweets.
Celebration Ideas & Activities
- Share food with neighbors
- Invite neighbors to your place
- Greet your neighbors and get to know them
- Lend your neighbors a helping hand
- Host a neighborhood party
Best Quotes & Greetings for Good Neighborliness Day
- Don’t throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass – Benjamin Franklin
- A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence but doesn’t climb over it – Arthur Baer
- We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbor – Gilbert K. Chesterton
- A good neighbor is a priceless treasure – Chinese Proverb
- A good neighbor increases the value of your property – Czech Proverb