Nauryz marks the start of a New Year and awakening of nature in spring for many eastern Turkic nations. What do people in Kazakhstan know about its celebration traditions and ancient legends related to it? The organizers of the “Nauryz 2018” quiz went out to look for the answers to this question. The activists quizzed the city residents in shopping centers, streets and public buses. The respondents received gifts and diplomas for every correct answer. According to one of the organizers, Yerzhan Yensebayev, the main goal of the quiz was to remind the younger generation about cultural values related to the holiday and create a festive atmosphere for the people. Over 10 thousand people participated in the quiz. 

YERZHAN YENSEBAYEV, STAFF, LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MAYOR’S OFFICE OF ASTANA:

-  We are organizing this activity for the first time. The main goal is to make the city residents feel the spirit of the holiday. Moreover, we want that more people know about the important cultural values and national traditions. Another goal that we pursue is promoting the Kazakh language. We are encouraging people to speak in Kazakh more.    

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