Like in previous years, the discussion also happened on Blogiston.tj, a popular local blogging platform.
Sounding a nationalist alarmist note similar to the one featured in Part One, Sitora Yusupova wrote in Tajik:
Original: Чашни холлуин моликияти аврупо мебошад (ба мо расм шудааст, ки ба чуз илм ва хунар дигар амалхоро таклид созем ва худро чун заррае ба аврупоихо монанд бисозем, кани чавони англисе, ки икдом гирифта бошад то наврузро чашн бигирад?)
My translation: Halloween is a European holiday. It becomes more common for us to imitate Western values. Are there any Englishmen who want to celebrate our Navruz?
What is the biggest threat to the national and religious identity of Tajiks? Any guesses?
Well, according to social media users in the country, that threat might very well be Halloween. Yes, I am serious. No, most people in Tajikistan have probably never heard of Halloween. But the young people in urban areas know about the holiday. And when these people put on their Halloween costumes, they tick everyone off and become a favourite target for angry nationalist comments on social media.
This happened last year and the year before (also this). This is happening again this year.
Ninety years ago, in October 1924, the Bolsheviks created a new political entity, the Tajik Republic. The republic initially had a status of an autonomous republic within the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). Five years later, in October 1929, a modified Tajikistan was promoted to the status of a Soviet Socialist Republic.
So, this October, Tajikistan could choose between celebrating the 90th anniversary of the creation of a political entity called Tajikistan or the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Tajik SSR. Given the country’s passion for anniversaries and celebrations, it would have been logical to assume that the country would celebrate the both anniversaries. Instead, none was celebrated.