Kazakhstan officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia, with its smaller part west of the Ural River in Eastern Europe.
Kazakhstan is bordered on the north by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also borders on a large part of the Caspian Sea.
Earlier the capital was Almaty and now it is Astana.
Christmas Celebrations in Kazakhstan :
Kazakhstan has the largest percentage of Orthodox Christians 35 % of any Central Asian country. And with such a large religious minority, the government recognizes the importance of the Orthodox Church in society.
Most of Kazakhstan’s Orthodox Christians are ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Belorussians, according to the Kazakhstan Statistical Agency.
Thanks to its Russian legacy, Kazakhstan officially celebrates Orthodox Christmas 7 January, followed by unofficial Old New Year celebration 14 January. This is all to do with the change from the Julian calendar to prevailing western Gregorian calendar in 1918 under the Soviet Rule. As the Julian calendar is slightly off from the Gregorian, Russian Orthodox Christmas and New Year come two weeks late respectively. The main celebrations in Almaty take place in the Ascension Cathedral on the Christmas eve, 6 January with midnight liturgy to finish the ceremony.It is fascinating to witness the event. The church bells ringing, people with candles coming in and out the church, choir singing, priests chanting etc.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!