Culture of Kazakhstan: traditions, features

Culture of Kazakhstan

Tourists who have chosen Kazakhstan as a destination for recreation are usually interested in architectural sights and museums, where you can get acquainted with the past and present of the state. But the culture of Kazakhstan also includes folk crafts and crafts, customs and national rituals, songs created by generations of ancestors, and sports typical for the country's inhabitants. Museum workers and art critics will help you get acquainted with the cultural heritage, and visiting concerts and holidays will allow you to feel and understand the mood and exotic flavor of Kazakh art.

From the UNESCO list

On the territory of Kazakhstan, there are many architectural monuments that are valuable relics of the past. The authoritative organization UNESCO has included one of them in the lists of its World Cultural Heritage: the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassavi, located in the city of Turkestan, was built at the end of the XIV century and is a "masterpiece of human genius". In addition, on the territory of modern Kazakhstan, there are several more architectural structures worthy of a tour:

  • An architectural monument of the XI century in Turkestan, the mausoleum of Arystan-baba. It is a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. It is a restored copy of the building with preserved carved columns. The mausoleum contains an ancient book - the Koran, made by hand by calligraphers in the Middle Ages.
  • The necropolis of Beket-aga is the burial place of a sage, teacher, healer and fortuneteller who lived in the 18th century.
  • The tomb of Aisha-bibi of the 12th century, where traditional types of Kazakh ornamental art have been preserved. Aisha-bibi is known as the daughter of a noble poet, who died in separation from her lover.
  • Mausoleum of Babaji Khatun, where, according to legend, fellow traveler Aisha-bibi is buried, who guarded the mausoleum of the tragically dead beauty during her lifetime.

At a generous table

A significant part of the culture of Kazakhstan is its cuisine, in which the main dishes are meat and dairy. Kazakh cooks are able to cook real masterpieces, and rich soups and mouth-watering sausages, lamb pies and fragrant pilaf appear on the table in front of amazed guests throughout the meal.
Dairy drinks, adopted in the culture of Kazakhstan, are known far beyond the borders of the country. The most useful and famous are kumis, made from mare's milk, and ayran - a special kind of kefir that quenches thirst on the hottest day..