Today Kazakhstan celebrates National Lovers’ Day
It’s been nine years since Kazakhstan started celebrating its own National Lovers’ Day on April 15. This holiday became the alternative to the Valentine’s Day celebrated internationally on February 14. The Kazakh National Lovers’ Day is dedicated to the great love of the legendary epic characters Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu. The epic poem of the same name tells the story of the tragic, faithful and incredible love between two young people, who were not destined to be together.
The National Lovers’ Day emerged in Kazakhstan in 2011. The Almaty City Youth Policy Department and the press office of the Almaty Mayor’s office included a new holiday in the event plan for a year in January 2011. They sent the letters to school administrations, asking them to reschedule the celebration of the Valentine’s Day to April 15. Eventually, the whole country started to celebrate the National Lovers’ Day. Although, people in Kazakhstan still continue to celebrate the Valentine’s Day and give valentine cards to the loved ones on February 14, the majority of Kazakh citizens support the celebration of the national holiday. April 15 is another opportunity for people in Kazakhstan to proclaim their love for each other and make the ordinary spring morning a little more romantic.
This year, Kazakh citizens have to celebrate the National Lover’s Day at home in self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the declared state of emergency in the country. Restaurants, shopping centers and cinemas are temporarily closed. Luckily, flower shops offer the delivery service. Social media users congratulate each other online, wishing to experience a great and mutual love, just like between Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, but only with a happy ending.