Holidays that are loved by Kazakhstani women
In Kazakhstan people celebrate national, state, professional and other holidays. The national celebrations are considered to be the ones that have a special historical meaning and that have greatly influenced on development of the state. Their celebration is usually accompanied by provision of official measurements in central and local state administrations. Other, state holidays - are dedicated to the events that have a social-political significance, and are held traditionally. Professional and other holidays do not have either national or state status and are celebrated by separate categories of people.
There are about fifteen official holidays in Kazakhstan. But only three of them are really popular, widely celebrated and absolutely loved by the Kazakhstan women. They are: the New Year, 8 March, and Nauryz Ė Central Asia nationsí celebration of spring. Women of Kazakhstan wait and thoroughly prepare for each of these holidays, when they can give presents and receive gifts from all of the close people and friends.
The NEW YEAR is the biggest and greatest holiday for the whole post-Soviet region.
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It's considered to be one of the most bright and festive holidays of the year. People start getting ready for the celebrations at the beginning of December, while in cities bright lights and evergreen -trees begin to appear, creating a festive holiday atmosphere and good mood. It is a time for great joy for family and friends and time for discounts in shops, yet hardly anyone thinks about its history.
The holiday has its roots in the ancient period. The occasion, originally, was not celebrated in December, and in different countries New Year was held in different times. But one thing all the states had in common was that almost everywhere the New Year began in spring, symbolizing the rebirth of nature, crops and labor. In Russia, from 10th to 15th century the New Year began on March the 1st. Only later in 1699, Peter the First has proclaimed that the New Year would start on January 1st. During this time, the Russian tradition of decorating fur-trees and wishing happiness and well-being began. Nevertheless, Peter the First said that the celebrations should be without alcohol and totally dedicated to children.
The main reason for starting the new year in March was because that was how things have been done since creation. At the end of 15th century, the Orthodox Church designated September 1st as the new year and the last time when it was celebrated on this date was in 1698, although there still exist some places, where according to the Orthodox Church - September 1st is the beginning of new year, and January 1st is just a civil holiday.
Peter the Firstís goal in changing the date of the new year to the 1st of January was to align the Russian calendar with those of the countries in Europe. Right after the original New Year there comes another celebration for the CIS people, called the Old New Year, which takes place on night from 13th to 14th of January. Even here, in CIS many people donít know the real reason why they still celebrate the Old New Year. They just do it because of the tradition and because there is a common belief that on this day youíve got to say good bye to the year that has passed, and try to remember your lucks in unlucks, preparing to live the new year that you already welcomed, in the best way you can. However, the real reason why people celebrate it is because very long ago, the Orthodox Church has refused to accept the new style calendar based on Julian calendar.
Another holiday celebrated in Kazakhstan and its neighboring CIS countries is MARCH 8TH. Itís an important holiday because it is dedicated to ladies!gifts and presents delivery
On the Former Soviet Union territory the 8 of March is considered to be an INTERNATIONAL WOMENíS DAY. Here, people dedicate this holiday to the whole female population of the world.
Annually, this bright date involves everyone and keeps everybody busy in the country of Kazakhstan! On this day the women feel themselves as the queens, accepting greetings and gifts from their fathers, brothers, nephews and boyfriends. And all the men are also very happy on this day, because itís a real chance for them to show all their care and love to ladies.
Historically, this holiday is a day of womenís solidarity in the battle for economic, social and political equal rights. The decision on annual celebration of International Womenís day in every country of the world was accepted in 1910 on the International conference of female socialists in Copenhagen. Firstly, it was provided in the row of European countries in 1911 and than, in 1913 in Russia. Nevertheless, the tradition of celebrating this event was only kept in the Soviet Union and still is widely celebrated in this area.
On the 8th of March guys give flowers to all the females they know. What kind of presents they usually make depends on how much close the woman is for them. Traditionally, they give tulips for ladies, so as it symbolizes the beginning of spring, something new and vivid. When talking about their sweethearts, men try to be as much generous as possible, because every girl wants to feel herself very special on this day, especially dedicated to her.
Another warm, bright and joyful holiday celebrated in sunny Kazakhstan is NAURYZ. This is also one of the ancient traditions of Central Asia originated nations. They consider March 22nd as the beginning of new year. On this time they call people to praise the nature and the universe we live in. In this period everybody try to be friendly and gentle with each other. This event is a celebration of the ever-lasting unity of a human-being with the nature. All and all, Nauryz symbolizes the freedom and equality of all people on earth.
This holiday appeared in ancient times, when there was no any of the modern religions and the nationalities were not formulated yet. The Nauryz represents a lot of the morals and ethics established by the humanity long ago, in a pre-religious epoch.
In our days this holiday makes people think of clarification from evil and hatred, calls them for forgiveness. In the old times, on this day all the clashes between tribes were stopped.
The 22nd of March is the day of equinox, when the night duration is equal to the day length. From this time the original natural day countdown cycle starts again. Itís amazing how the ancient people have chosen this day for celebration of a holiday with such a great sense!
In Kazakhstani villages and suburban areas people celebrate Nauryz in the old way. They do sports and singing competitions and play intellectual games. The traditional dish ďNauryz-kozheĒ is cooked from 7 kinds of crops symbolizes richness, well-being, prosperity and generosity of the mother-nature. On Nauryz people give souvenirs, sweets and flowers to each other.
Other holidays that are also really loved in Kazakhstan came here from the European culture Ė itís the SAINT VALENTINEíS DAY and Halloween. Those two are considered to be as fashionable and widely spread among the younger generations, so as entered this culture not so long ago.
Ultimately, all of these holidays are pompously held and celebrated among all of the nations, living in Kazakhstan.
Article prepared by manager of Oksanalove Russian bride agency in Kazakhstan