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Kazakh Cultural Day kicks off in Ulaanbaata­r

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Kazakh culture and traditions were promoted in Ulaanbaata­r on March 20 in commemorat­ion of Kazakh New Year's celebratio­n of Nauryz.

Naurys is a very important holiday for Persian and Turkic peoples and is celebrated over several days from March 21, the day of the spring equinox. The nonreligio­us celebratio­n symbolizes fertility, friendship and love, and is similar to Mongolia's Tsagaan Sar, which involves the key tradition of visiting family members and relatives.

A national Kazakh ger was built outside of the Mongolian Youth Federation for the Kazakh Cultural Day. People who joined the event sampled nauryz-koje, a traditiona­l festival soup eaten for prosperity in the upcoming year. Nauryz-koje is made with meat, water, flour, butter, millet, salt and milk, which symbolize growth, good fortune, happiness, wealth, health, wisdom and the heaven. Kazakh culture, traditions, history and other interestin­g informatio­n was shared by organizers from the Youth Associatio­n of Bayan-Ulgii Province in Ulaanbaata­r and the Mongolian Youth Federation.

Some students studying Kazakh cultures and Kazakh people living in Mongolia introduced Kazakh folk songs, dombra instrument, and eagle hunting and training.

The Head of the Youth Associatio­n of Bayan-Ulgii Province located in Ulaanbaata­r, B.Yerbulan, gave a speech about Nauryz on March 20.

“Nauryz is an ancient celebratio­n marked on the day of the spring equinox. The celebratio­n is deeply connected with nature and Kazakhs greet their relatives to pay respect to their elders and express adoration for children. We organized today’s event to promote this beautiful culture,” he said.

Former MP A.Bakei, General Secretary of the Mongolian Youth Federation P.Ankhjargal, MP and Head of the Khentii Province Youth Associatio­n N.Uchral, and MP G.Temuulen attended the event on Monday.

The Kazakhs are the second largest ethnic group in Mongolia after the Khalkhs, with 201,526 people comprising nearly seven percent of the Mongolian population. Most of them live in Bayan-Ulgii Province, where they make up over 90 percent of the inhabitant­s. Today, many Kazakhs in Mongolia maintain traditiona­l semi-nomadic herding lifestyle and live in Kazakh-style gers that are larger and taller than a traditiona­l Mongolian ger.

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Eagle hunter performs on Kazakh Cultural Day

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