Kazakhstan is marking its 25th Independence Day, which is the only national holiday in the country. This time the festival is held with the utmost solemnity: independent Kazakhstan marks exactly a quarter century.
This Day will be marked with public holidays on December 16-19.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a constitutional law on independence of the country on December 16th 1991. Nazarbayev was elected president on December 1, 1991. The Soviet Kazakh republic was renamed the Republic of Kazakhstan on December 10, 1991.
Speaking on the eve of the holiday, Nazarbayev pointed the formation of the country as an independent republic, as a "state, which was not on the world map" among the key achievements of Kazakhstan. He stressed that the country has made "Kazakh economic miracle", achieving continuous growth over the past 17 years.
"Independent Kazakhstan is a successful, prosperous state, but in 1991 there was a desperate situation, we faced a tough dilemma: to be or not to be the state," RIA Novosti cited the President as saying.
Shortly before the holiday all the government organizations held solemn meetings, where public servants, which showed good results, have received awards.
A number of celebrations were held outside Kazakhstan. The Kazakh embassy in Russia held a meeting with the heads of Kazakh national-cultural and public associations in the Russian Federation, and Hungary held a reception on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of independence of the republic.
Astana will host the opening of the plinth dedicated to the 25th anniversary of independence at the international specialized exhibition EXPO-2017. It is planned that the event will be present the president.
A gala concert with the participation of Kazakh pop stars, the first republican drone racing championship 'Drone Racing Kazakhstan', as well as a large-scale firework will be held in Astana.