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To retain our unity we need to consolidate on the basis of language - Sherzod Pulatov

In Kazakhstan, 1 March marks Gratitude Day. Tell us about the role of such a holiday?

Gratitude Day is a special holiday for us. It is a day when gratitude words can be conveyed for living as one friendly family, for the policy of the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy, who united all the ethnic groups and made it possible to ensure a peaceful sky in Kazakhstan. 25 years ago First President Nursultan Nazarbayev established the unprecedented institution – the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan. Now everyone can see how fellow citizens contribute to the development of our homeland by expressing gratitude and kind words to each other. We need to proceed with our friendship while intensifying it as our treasure, heritage.

What makes this holiday stand out?

On this day, it is not enough just convey gratitude words but also demonstrate gratitude in action, be merciful toward each other. Our ancestors used to say that mercifulness is a key to heaven, and a key to one’s heart is language. Therefore, for us to take a special place in the people’s heart is to learn its language. It is necessary for us to express appreciation for Kazakh soil or the language for the latter contributing to common views, understanding. In order to retain our unity we need to consolidate on the basis of language.

This was meant by the Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, while he spoke of the need to increase the role of the Kazakh language and its establishment as the language of inter-ethnic relations. On that very day the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan holds charity events. Today, the capital’s ethno-cultural associations have gathered at the House of Friendship to host a fair, where national cuisine produce, souvenirs made by the groups were up for sale. These associations are public ones and do not receive public financing, their activities are run on a voluntary, charity basis. All the earning from the fair was transferred to cancer, oncology patients. Such deeds demonstrate the ethno-cultural associations’ gratitude to the Kazakh land and people.

Thank you for the interview!

By Adlet Seilkhanov

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