New Year Celebration in Kazakhstan

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Hi GCC blog readers, in this blog we want to talk about Christmas and New Year’s celebration in Kazakhstan. Holidays like New Year and orthodox Christmas are the most favorite holidays in Kazakhstan. We have two dates of Celebration New Year and one date to celebrate Christmas. The first date is 31 December to 1 January and the second date of New Year’s celebration is 22 March.

The main attributes of these holidays in our country are Christmas tree and Santa Claus like in the US Also another aspects are food and beverages, especially Champagne. In Kazakhstan people call Santa Clause differently. Santa Klaus in Kazakhstan knocks the door and come in with a lot of gifts for the kids.

Orthodox Christmas is celebrated by Christians that is not the majority of population. They spend a night on Christmas day in church and celebrate it at home on the next day.

Also we have New Year celebration on March 22. This date is celebrated only by Muslims. 22 March is a day of Vernal Equinox. The tradition to celebrate New Year on Vernal Equinox is common for many eastern countries. Many Muslim countries celebrate this date similarly. They cook a lot of traditional food. And spend this day at home with all members of family.

So about how people prepare for New Year. They buy a lot of things include food. First of all, people buy gifts for family and friends. Food is principal for New Year’s days. People cook a lot and also buy food in markets. Right before New Year people go outside to make fireworks. After celebrating New Year people spend a lot of time at home, they watch movies or TV and eat a lot.

Celebrating those holidays is so important part of the year for people of our country, and especially it is important to celebrate it with friends and family.

– Zarina & Sabina

 

Chinese Valentine’s Day

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The Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend and it reminds me the Valentine’s Day in China. It is also called Qi Xi Festival or Qi Qiao Festival in Chinese.

The date is July 7th in the lunar calendar and it is August 9th in 2016. July 7th means the “evening of seven” and the original meaning was from the stars in the sky – the Plough, since about 800 B.C. The original myth for the festival is about a couple in the ancient China, who can’t get together but only meet each other once a year, which is the Qi Xi Festival.

It has been a famous festival in China and some other countries in Asia and it is an especially important festival in the southern part of China. People make Chinese knottings with red color ropes and cut red papers into some specific patterns, because these decorations mean happiness and luckiness in ancient China. In some provinces from the south, girls do their nails in a beautiful and special way, because it was also lucky for girls in ancient China to meet their “Mr. Right”. They also put candles in a boat made of paper into the river, in order to pray for their coming relationship. In some other provinces, girls also make Chinese traditional cookies and beautiful dresses by themselves to show that they are not only modern independent women, but also good at the things women had to do for their families back to thousands years ago. I really want to watch the contests for girls to make cookies and design their own clothes during Qi Xi Festival. But unfortunately, the Qi Xi Festival is not a very popular festival in the area where I’m from. Qi Xi is more famous in the non-developing towns in south and in Thailand, Japan, and Korea. Here are some photos of what girls make and do on Qi Xi Festival.

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Customs of the Chinese New Year

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Monday, 8 February, 2016 is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. From February 7th to February 13th this year, people don’t go to school or work for a week, as an official holiday. In this coming week, I’d like to keep posting and sharing something about the Chinese New Year. For today, let me tell you what we do for the Chinese New Year.

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