Preserving traditions

Cultural centers help preserve traditions and pass them on to the younger generation. “Ata Dastur” ethnocultural association operates in Zyryan district of East Kazakhstan region. Representatives of the older generation promote traditions and customs here. The association consists of twenty people.       

Members of the “Ata Dastur” Kazakh ethnocultural association, established in 2009, believe that preserving national traditions and history is an important task in the era of globalization. The association’s artists take active part in events held both in the district and the region.      

FARIDA TAUDANBEKOVA, HEAD, ‘ATA DASTUR’ KAZAKH CULTURAL ASSOCIATION:

- Zyryan district’s population is 38,000 people and 18% of them Kazakhs. That’s why we need to work on preserving Kazakh culture and traditions. Our younger generation shouldn’t forget the Kazakh language, cultural heritage, history and heroes.

This ethno-cultural association is part of the “Friendship House” of the district. Five cultural centers are currently operating here. They are actively involved in implementation of the Modernization of Public Consciousness program. 

GALINA DEDOVA, HEAD, FRIENDSHIP HOUSE, ZYRYAN DISTRICT:

- These associations perform a great amount of work on promoting Kazakhstan’s patriotism, establishment of Kazakhstan’s identity and implementation of President Nazarbayev’s Modernization of Public Consciousness program.

Under Farida Taudanbekova’s leadership, the association created a small encyclopedia promoting traditional values. Members of the Center believe that Zyryan district administration provides opportunities for the young people to learn the native languages and preserve traditions of the ethnicities living in the region.