Canada established diplomatic relations with Kazakhstan in 1992. Kazakhstan is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ottawa. Canada is represented in Kazakhstan by the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan. Immigration and visa applications by Kazakh citizens are processed by the Canadian embassies in Warsaw and Moscow.
Canada and Kazakhstan enjoy strong bilateral relations that continue to deepen. Kazakhstan is an important regional player and a strong partner for Canada in many multilateral forums and international organizations, including the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization.
Canada is a strong supporter of Kazakhstan’s 100 Concrete Steps Initiative, and Canada regularly shares its models and experience in a variety of sectors, including public-sector reform, immigration policy and economic reform. Canada is also committed to supporting the development of Kazakhstan’s vocational and technical education system, and Canadian post-secondary institutions are recruiting students in Kazakhstan, providing an opportunity for Kazakh students to study in Canada. The Canadian Embassy to Kazakhstan, in Nur-Sultan, manages the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives program, through which funding assistance is provided to local NGOs active in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan and Canada have a great potential for cooperation in education. In addition to vocational training, there are prospective opportunities related to other areas such as higher education, applied science, Canada's experience in creating major technology centres, etc.
The creation and development of the Interregional Professional Training and Retraining Center for the oil and gas sector (APEC Petrotechnic) in Atyrau remains one of the main joint projects in the field of education. Kazakhstan's strategic partner in this project is the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic).
Inter-ethnic relations and inter-religious harmony are other important areas of Kazakhstan-Canada partnership, given both country's diverse and inclusive societies.
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Nauryz – feast of spring renewal
In Kazakhstan spring arrives fully on 21 March – on the special day when Nauryz is celebrated, signifying not only the spring equinox but also renewal of nature. Nauryz in Kazakhstan symbolizes fertility, friendship and love. On this special day people dress up, visit close people and keep wishing well. For eastern nations, Nauryz is the same as New Year, as both holidays are messengers of a new life. Even the name of the holiday “Nauryz” is translated from Farsi as “new day”.
Nauryz is a holiday that was celebrated before Islam; it was a remnant of memory form pagan ancestors when they honored natural cults. So, for example, in India they celebrate Lori – the last day of cold winter, in Egypt they call the beginning of spring as Jam en-Nessim, in Israel they celebrate Tu bi-shvat that is the season of rain, in Iceland there is Sumarsdag – day of arrival of summer. Nauryz has no relation to religion, on this day people all around Kazakhstan sing and dance, and take part in national games and merrymaking.
On Nauryz it is a must to have a traditional festive dish nauryz-koje on the table. Kazakhs believe that one should eat much of this dish on Nauryz, then your year will be in prosperity. Nauryz-koje is a nutritional rich soup that is cooked from 7 ingredients: meat, water, flour, butter, millet (could be replaced with rice or corn), salt and milk. Each component of the dish symbolizes one of the seven life beginnings: growth, luck, happiness, wealth, health, wisdom and sky auspices. Nauryz is full of symbols. So, the number 7 has its special meaning in celebrating Nauryz – seven ingredients in nauryz-koje, that is afterwards poured into seven bowls and is laid in front of wise old men-aksakals. Each person should invite seven guests and should visit other seven houses.
On Nauryz they drink kumys – dairy product made of horse milk. Traditionally on this day they congratulate by saying “Koktem tudi!” Also there are many contests of wit-poets held on this holiday, that are called "akins" in Kazakhstan; the feast cannot be without national contests among which is national wrestling "kazaksha-gures", logic game called "toguz kumalak" and of course horse games "kyz-kuu" and "bayga". Theatrical staged performances are played in the streets. Another old Nauryz tradition is "altybakan", where girls and boys gather together to socialize and ride on the swings.
Nauryz is not only a state holiday in Kazakhstan that is celebrated for three days, but also acknowledged by UN as an International Holiday. Nauryz is celebrated in all countries of Central Asia, as well as Georgia, India, Iran, China, Turkey and others.
Kazakhstan is a multinational country, home for 150 nations and nationalities. To unite all these nationalities the country’s government hold different events one of which is the celebration of Day of Unity. The official day of this holiday is 1 May. This day was celebrated as a holiday of workers’ solidarity in the Soviet time. Today this is a holiday of unity of all peoples who live in the territory of Kazakhstan. This bright spring holiday is held in every city of Kazakhstan with parades and processions along the central streets of the cities and also with entertaining events.
Participation of different cultural centers which familiarize the people of Kazakhstan with the traditions of other nationalities is of great importance. Merry dances, sports competitions - all these make the event one of the brightest and most favorable holidays for the people of Kazakhstan.
Not only cultural centers but also company staffs, university students and representatives of different social organizations take part in the holiday. The main parade is usually organized along the central avenue of the capital – Bukhar Zhirau. The number of the people participating in parade sometimes reaches 25,000 people.
Probably the brightest moment of the holiday is an ethno-cultural exhibition. Different national dwellings of the representatives of all nations who live in Kazakhstan are installed in front of the Central Park of the city. These are peculiar mini-museums where you can see national clothes, traditional tableware, jewelry, but what is more important you can taste dishes of different national cuisine there.
In addition, this day the museums and libraries of Kazakhstan organize exhibitions dedicated to the holiday and peoples who live in Kazakhstan. This holiday does not only familiarize with traditions and culture of the nationalities that live in the country’s territory but also it aims to consolidate people of all nations, living in Kazakhstan.
One of the architectural gem of Kazakhstan is its capital Astana city. On 6 July 1994 Supreme Council of Kazakhstan passed a resolution to move the Kazakh capital from Alma-Ata to Akmola (Tselinograd). On 6 May 1998 by the Kazakh President order Akmola city was re-named to Astana and on 10 June 1998 Astana was presented to the world community as a new capital of Kazakhstan. Capital Day in Astana is celebrated from the moment when the city acquired the status of a capital in 1998. Initially this holiday was observed at city level on 10 June.
From the moment when the city acquired the status of a capital its massive construction resulted in making Astana one of the most beautiful modern cities in Central Asia. Beginning form 1996 the population in Astana rose from 270, 000 to 700,000. In several years the population will pass 1 million people. Massive construction is still underway in the city. Among the most famous modern architectural masterpieces are the building of the Ministry of Transport and Communication, towers of Kazakhstan Temir Joly and Northern Lights, business city, Astana tower, International Airport building.
Not only Kazakh architects but also attracted foreign specialists took part in the construction of the city. The development of the city’s architectural plan took into account the main idea of a new Eurasian look city. In the opinion of the Kazakhstan people modern Astana is a city which contains the elements both of the East and West.
Among the architects who participated in the construction of the city are such world’s celebrities as Kise Kurokawa and Norman Foster. Thus a well-known British architect is an author of one of the most unique buildings in Astana – The Peace and Consent Palace.
On 18 July 2008 the Kazakhstan Parliament passed the law project «On Amendments to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan” which provides for adoption of a new state holiday “Capital City Day – 6 July”. This attention to Astana was caused by the fact that Astana is a symbol of the achievements of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the years of its independence. In 1999 by UNESCO decision Astana got the title of “City of Peace”. Furthermore the city is a free economic zone which fact contributes much to the economic development of the city.