Today Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of Unity. It is a national holiday, which was introduced by a decree of President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 1995. For the republic with representatives of more than hundred nationalities, it became one of the most beloved holidays. Demonstrations, street festivities, theatrical performances, patriotic actions are held across the country.
In particular, in Astana, at the square in front of the Palace of Independence near Kazak Eli monument, representatives of the ethno-cultural centers set a traditional 50 meters long table and treat all guests with famous dishes of their cuisines. Folk festivals and concerts are held in all the squares and parks. Entertaining events are accompanied by sports program.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the Kazakhs while participating in the celebrations on "Astana" square in Almaty. "Thanks to the unity, our nation preserved a huge territory, achieved independence, built a market economy," TASS quoted him as saying.
Kazakh leader also drew attention to the fact that one of the biggest holidays of the country is on the same day as Easter, which Kazakhstan also celebrates in unity, regardless of faith and nationality. "Tranquility prevails in our country. Our united nation celebrates all holidays together. That's exactly the way I want to see our nation, and I use all my experience and knowledge for this," Nazarbayev said, wishing health, happiness and prosperity to all citizens of the country.