The traditions that have been established for centuries in the Great Steppe have a deep meaning. Many of them call the country to unity and harmony, peace and kindness, instil in the hearts of people peace and forgiveness. Kazakhstan is a united country that was able to unite more than 130 ethnic groups thanks to Elbasy - the First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. As Elbasy notes, "a common land generates a common destiny and history", and it is protected and evidenced by the preservation of the traditions of all peoples.
One of them is "Korisu kyni" (literal translation - "meet"), which is celebrated by the Kazakh people on March 14. After a long winter, when the roads are cleared of snow and the spring sun is shining, the villagers greet their elders from the very early morning, go around the houses of their relatives and friends.
The neighbors and relatives congratulate each other on the successful arrival of spring and, greeting, usually say: "Zhasyn kutty bolsyn!" ("Happy one more year!"), "Zhasyn zhas kosylyp, gumyryn uzak bolgay! "("Long life to you!"). On this day, it is customary to forgive each other all past offences and forget misunderstandings. Residents are in a good mood, put on clean clothes, visit relatives and friends to express good wishes. The people have a proverb "Aiga zhetpes asyndy auyldastan ayama", which means "Food that is not enough for a month, for neighbors do not spare". On the day of the celebration, rich tables are laid and guests are awaited.
Another feature of this holiday is that it is not limited to one day. In general, these traditions have existed among our people since ancient times, but in the last century, in the Soviet era, they began to be forgotten due to the fact that the celebration of Nauryz was banned. After our country gained Independence, the lost traditions were revived. In modern times, the whole country began to celebrate them. But, unfortunately, due to the outbreak of Covid, which swept the whole world, now relatives and friends do not have the opportunity to meet and visit each other in large numbers. Nevertheless, congratulations and good wishes are actively sent to various social networks.
I would like to give some examples of such meetings. Since the beginning of the year, including in March, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy has held several events in compliance with all quarantine measures. On March 4, on the eve of International Women's Day, the project "30 successful female graduates of the Presidential Scholarship "Bolashak" was implemented. It was attended by students of many universities of the country, graduates studying abroad under this program in an interactive mode. This gave them the opportunity to exchange views and ideas about the future prospects of the country because the Bolashak program is a strong foundation laid by the First President for the prosperity and construction of our country.
Also, under one sacred shanyrak, within the framework of the large-scale project "Pride of Kazakhstan", a meeting with Olympic, world champions and medalists of world championships was held. Athletes who represented our country in the Olympic and world championships, in honor of which our flag was raised and the anthem played, handed over to the Museum of Elbasy the medals and other memorable things they won.
The famous athletes expressed their sincere gratitude to the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev and Head of state Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The athletes also thanked the organizers of the meeting, who, despite today's difficulties, managed to hold this event at a high level.
The Library of Elbasy plans to hold many more meetings and events in the framework of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Independence of our country.
Yersultan Bekturganov, Head of the Special Projects Service of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy.