The holiday was initiated by the First President of Kazakhstan –Elbasy, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at the 22nd session of the People’s Assembly of Kazakhstan in 2015. The Gratitude day was established in 2016. Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed to choose March 1 as the date, since the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan was established on this day.

This day was established in memory of the terrible events – the mass deportation of peoples to Kazakhstan, which was carried out by order of the USSR authorities in the 1930s-50s. And about the feat of kindness, hospitality and tolerance that the Kazakh people showed to the resettled people. In total, since 1935, about 1.5 million Germans, Poles, Finns, Karelians, Koreans, Iranians, Kurds, Greeks, Kalmyks, Karachays, Balkars, Ingush, Chechens, Crimean Tatars, Turks, Armenians, Chinese, Romanians, Azerbaijanis, Bulgarians have been resettled in Kazakhstan. During the war years, evacuated residents of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia also found shelter in Kazakhstan. And the Kazakhs, who themselves had barely recovered from the famine of the early 30s, received these people in their country, sharing with them shelter and food, often the last. Orphaned and bereaved children were adopted by Kazakh families.

The Gratitude day is a symbol of the ongoing policy of peace and harmony. The holiday is based on the historical layer of traditions originating from the customs of generosity, hospitality, mercy and solidarity of the Kazakh people.For so many years, more than 130 ethnic groups and religious denominations have lived under a peaceful sky in Kazakhstan. The human kindness of some and the holy memory of others form a reliable basis for the state ethnic policy in Kazakhstan.

Happy Gratitude Day! Алғыс айту күні құтты болсын!

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