Day of National Symbols Celebrated in Kazakhstan

June 05. MFA

Day of National Symbols Celebrated in KazakhstanKazakhstan celebrates the Day of National Symbols on June 4 since 2007. This day, back in 1992, new national symbols of independent Kazakhstan were first approved.

Countless numbers of small and large blue flags, which blended perfectly with the sky, filled the streets of towns and cities across the country on this day.

In 2012 the day of state symbols is celebrated with heightened attention towards the coat of arms, the flag and the anthem. “We should treat and protect the symbols of our nation as sacred and respect them,” Zhanarbek Malibekov, the author of the national coat of arms said.  The author signified the importance to show and tell about the symbols of the country as much as possible.

For this very reason, mass rallies in all the regions were held today. In Karaganda, in honour of the holiday, a patriotic cycle race took place. Over 400 fans of cycling passed through the main streets of the city. In a patriotic outburst, the entire leadership of the city virtually replaced their official cars by colourful bicycles.

Aibek Zhumabekov, maslikhat (local representative body) deputy of Karaganda explained that “Our national symbols – the anthem, the flag and the coat of arms – are the conductors of our future. Therefore, we should be proud with our symbols and believe in prosperity of our independent Kazakhstan.”

In the East of Kazakshtan, the patriots from akimat (mayor’s office) even conquered the top of the mountain. This is the highest point in the country where the national flag is set. Today, eight young civil servants have taken the oath here.

Saken Nurtazayev, member of the East Kazakhstan regional akimat said: “For us, the young civil servants, it is incredibly pleasing to take the oath in this highest point of the national symbols mountain. Of course, every civil servant has to understand all the responsibility in front of the citizens and serve for the best national interest.”

In Petropavlovsk, the real patriots of the country showed the importance of the national symbols by their numbers, proving that it is never enough of symbols. In the parade, attended by three thousand citizens, all the participants held and waved with their hands the flags of independent Kazakhstan.

This day will forever remain in the country’s history as the birthday of the new national symbols.

The national flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan has a gold sun with 32 rays above a soaring golden steppe eagle, both centered on a sky blue background; the hoist side displays a national ornamental pattern ‘koshkar-muiz’ (the horns of the ram) in gold. The flag was designed by Shaken Niyazbekov.

The coat of arms is an image of shanyrak, the upper dome-like portion of a yurt, against a sky blue background which irradiates (in the form of sun rays) uyks (supports) set off by wings of mythical horses. The circle shape of the Emblem is a symbol of a life and eternity. The shanyrak symbolises well-being of family, peace and calmness. The name of the country in Kazakh, ‘?A3A?CTAH’, is in the lower part of the coat of arms. The authors of the emblem are Jandarbek Melibekov and Shota Walikhanov.

On January 7, 2006, “My Kazakhstan” (“Мені? ?аза?станым”), written in 1956, was adopted as a new anthem, with modified lyrics.