Uzbekistan prepares to celebrate 27th anniversary of independence. September 1 – Independence Day – is a great historic date of our country’s independence, appearance of a new, independent and sovereign state – the Republic of Uzbekistan on the world map, embodiment of the centuries - old dream and aspiration of our people, which we always enthusiastically note as the greatest and the most valuable holiday. Uzbekistan became a part of the Russian Empire in the 19th centaury, when it began to expand to Central Asia. Not only Uzbekistan but also our some neighbor countries became a part of the Soviet Union. Countries within the Soviet Union one by one started to Declare their independence, authorities of Uzbekistan did it on August 31, 1991. This event laid foundation for celebration of Independence Day.