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Statue, ode, and now a holiday for dog breed

Turkmeniststan deputy prime minister reuters
(Photo: Reuters)
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ASHGABAT — Turkmenistan marked a new holiday last Sunday dedicated to its national Alabai dog breed, to which its longtime leader has already erected a gilded monument and written an ode.اضافة اعلان

The new holiday took place on the same day as a festival celebrating the Akhal-Teke horse breed, which Turkmenistan also considers part of its heritage. The holiday included a contest to find the best of the large shepherd dogs. President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who has run the nation of 6 million since 2007, awarded the top prize for courage to a service dog that guards the border.

The authorities also organized a race for Akhal-Teke purebreds, horses known for their elegant stature and metallic sheen. Last year, the government erected a gilded Alabai statue on a busy traffic circle in the capital, Ashgabat. Another street junction features a statue, also coated in gold, of President Berdymukhamedov himself, seated on a horse.

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