A couple of decades ago, the country of Kazakhstan did not exist and not many people knew what was going on in this part of the world. As a former state of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was shrouded in mystery, myths and legends. Today, Kazakhstan, the largest Central Asian country, is open to scrutiny and for enjoyment by anyone from anywhere in the world. Local culture and festivals in Kazakhstan are now an open book.
The world today is amazed to know about the rich traditions of the Kazakh people. The locals are traditionally respectful of old people, patriotic, honest, loving and proud of their local celebrations and festivals but these local characteristics have been suppressed for so many years under Soviet rule. Now that the country has won sovereignty, the real beauty of this county, as well as its people and culture, is beginning to shine quite brightly. Sadly, though, some traditions and customs have been forgotten as they were not practiced or retold for many years. [Read more…]