Kazakhstan Celebrates Day Of Gratitude
Today, on March 1, Kazakhstan marks the Day of Gratitude for the first time.
On January 15, 2015, the Head of State signed the Decree “On amendments to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated January 20, 1998 No.3827 “On professional and other holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan.” As per the document, March 1 was declared the Day of Gratitude.
The choice of date was not accidental as the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan was established on March 1, 2015. In 2015, during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Assembly, the Head of State initiated the idea to declare March 1 the Day of Gratitude, when the representatives of all ethnicities of the country would be able to say thank you to each other and to Kazakhs for tolerance and hospitality expressed in the years when various ethnic groups were deported to Kazakhstan.
“Whole nations were deported during the Stalin’s regime – around 800,000 Germans, 102,000 Poles, 550,000 people from the North Caucasus and 18,500 Koreans from the Far East. Kazakh families provided them shelter and accepted them at their homes. Our family also accepted a couple with three children. That is why, it would be fair to name the day of establishment of the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan – March 1 – the Day of Gratitude of all ethnicities to each other and to Kazakhs, who expressed mercy and accepted these people as their relatives. This day can become a bright holiday of mercy, friendship and love of all Kazakhstanis to each other,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the 22nd session of the Kazakhstan People’s Assembly held April 22, 2015.