Kazakhstan Local Customs

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Kazakhstan Local Customs

  • The Kazakhs

    About half (46 percent) of Kazakhstan's population is made up of ethnic Kazakhs, a Turkic people who originated in what is now western China and who now occupy the region between Siberia and the Black Sea. They began populating this area between the fifth and thirteenth centuries as hordes of various nomadic Turkic tribes invaded and conquered the...

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  • What no AC?

    As I rode taxis (actually private cars but more on that later) around in Almaty, I noticed none would turn on the AC. It wasn't that hot but we still could've used AC some of the time. But none would turn it on. The driver may roll down the windows a bit for us but no AC. I found out later that Kazakhs don't like to use AC. They think it somehow...

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  • Islam

    Most of Kazakhstan's ethnic Kazakhs, especially those who live in the countryside, are Sunni Muslims. However, they are not strict adherents to Islam, nor is the religion a major political force in the country. The primary reason is that the Kazakhs' semi-nomadic lifestyle does not lend itself to central religious authority.Despite the large number...

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  • A man and his horse

    The horse has been central to Kazakh culture throughout the ages and even in today's Kazakhstan the horse holds a pivotal place. Whether as a working animal on the steppe, a source of entertainment and pleasure - for the spectator if not the rider at the races and games that are very much part of national, local and family celebrations, or as an...

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  • Muslim cemeteries

    Driving through the countryside you pass many of these small cemeteries, walled around and with various structures visible over the wall - often a tall ziggurat tower, maybe a yurt (sometimes just the frame) or a small castellated pavilion or covered gateway. They have a permanence that seems at odds with the nomadic life led by the people who lie...

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  • Love that hat!

    The Soviets may have left Kazakhstan, but they left their hat maker behind. No matter what the uniform, the hat is always Russian-style with an enormous high round crown and lots of gold braid. They add about 10cm to anyone's height.

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  • Yurts

    Not many Kazakhs actually live in yurts any more. Decades of city living or collective farming have put paid to an ancient way of life for most people. Those you do see around Almaty are more likely to be a teahouse or put to some other sort of tourist-focussed use, and far more likely to be made of heavy-duty nylon canvas than felt.This one was...

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  • The return of religion

    The effects of seventy years of Communist secularity are fast disappearing in Kazakhstan. Whilst the vast majority of the population practices no religion, the revival of religious observance - both Muslim and Christian - is remarkable, with new mosques and churches being built all over the country. Churches that were used as concert halls and...

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  • Not so good

    Kazakhstan was the first of the Soviet states to seek to make a break from the old empire. The peacable transition they are making to a democratic market economy is commendable. Not all the Russian influence was negative however, and since independence standards of health and education have fallen as the subsidies provided by the Soviet system have...

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  • Wedding pilgrims

    Few weddinga in any ex-Soviet country are complete without a visit to the local war memorial. Kazakhstan is no exception and, even the pouring rain, the bridal parties will make their way to the burial place of the Unknown Warrior and the Eternal Flame to lay the bride's bouquet on the monument. This ritual, to be seen right across the old Soviet...

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  • The Infamous Sheep's Head

    Kazakhs and other nomadic Central Asian peoples eat an enormous amount of mutton. Much of the food you will get in Central Asia will have mutton in it - samsa - small meat pies in flaky dough (like Indian samosas, but typically with mutton and onions) - and plov (pilau, palou) - rice, carrots, onion, and mutton - are two of the most popular foods...

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  • Mushroom Picking

    Find yourself a local expert, and head off to the mountains to participate in this interesting activity.Not only does it get you to some amazing places, but you get to eat your pickings!

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  • Weddings

    For those that think they have seen it all, then the crazy world of Kazakh wedding traditions is sure to present something new! (Or rather a mixture of Korean, Beyelorussian, and Kazakh in this cultural mixing pot).In memory of the traditional Kazkah bride stealing traditions, there is a traditional rugby scrum to try to capture the bride from her...

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  • Vodka

    When in Rome, do as the Romans. Well when in the FSU (Former Soviet Union)....... Well, I'll let you guess the rest!

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  • 1-2 January - New Year 8...

    1-2 January - New Year 8 March - Women's Day 22 March - Nauryz 1 May - Day of Unity of Peoples of Kazakhstan 9 May - Victory Day 30 August - Constitution Day 25 October - Republic Day 16 December - Independence Day

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  • Helps when you learn how to...

    Helps when you learn how to speak the language...The Almaty Institute of Languages and Translation11 district Koktem-1,Almaty, 480013Tel: (3272) 472458, 479209Fax: (3272) 222479

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  • The oficial languages are...

    The oficial languages are russian & kazakh. Not all the people here speak english so you'd better have a translator with you.

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  • The traditional home for...

    The traditional home for Kazakh nomads is the yurt, a wood-frame felt tent that is decorated on the inside with intricately woven carpets, cushions, and wall hangings. You won't see a lot of yurts if you're in the city, but out in the countryside people often have them set up next to their houses. This photo was taken at the annual fair in Almaty,...

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  • In Almaty evry year taking...

    In Almaty evry year taking pleace an international festival of music 'The voice of Asia'.Here come lot of pop stars all over the world!

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