Kazakh traditional dishes and handcrafts were presented at the festival of Turkic national sports in the Turkish town of Bursa. On Keles mountain pastures, where once the founder of the Ottoman Empire Osman Gazi Khan's set his residence, a special six-winged yurt and 16 tents have been installed. All the homes have been richly decorated in a traditional style. The Turkic nations have tried to show their culture and traditions.

 

SERKAN DINCTURK, CHAIRMAN, RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF KAZAKHS IN TURKEY:

Our people play the dombra and demonstrate the Kazakh national costumes, hats here. They hand out newspapers and magazines published by our Kazakh community. We are seeing many visitors. There is a huge interest in the exhibition. We have installed the yurt to show the Kazakh culture to all Turkic-speaking people.

 

The festival guests have expressed interest in the history, culture, and tourism destinations of Kazakhstan. Many have appreciated the national-style goods presented at the exhibition. Silver jewelry and hats have won special admiration. Moreover, many visitors have tasted dishes of Kazakh cuisine for the first time.

 

MUKHAMMED AIDYN, BURSA RESIDENT:

It tastes like whipped buttermilk and has sour taste. Or so I think? I’ve heard a lot about kymyz, but this Kazakh national drink is not often found in Turkey. And today, I was lucky to try it. I liked it very much.

 

Visitors of the festival of the national Turkic sports watched with the pleasure the competitions on the Kazakh national games. Interested guests were offered to attend master classes on horse riding and archery.

 

EMREBEK ARU:

Our aim is to attract more people into archery and to increase their interest in the sport. And our efforts are not in vain. For example, there were only a few people engaged in it just two years ago, but now their number has exceeded a few hundred. We want to attract more people. Such festivals help to revive and promote some of the forgotten traditions and customs.

 

The organizers are planning to hold national sports festival every year and, turn it into a popular folk festival.

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