Fireworks, Holiday Mark Day of First President Celebrations
Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of the First President on Dec. 1. The national holiday and day off was established in 2011 after the Parliament adopted amendments to the law “On Holidays in Kazakhstan,” marking the date the country’s first President was elected by popular vote.
First and current President Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected Dec. 1, 1991 with 98.7 percent of the vote during the country’s first nationwide elections. Two weeks later, Kazakhstan gained independence and President Nazarbayev’s strategic vision and forward looking policies have since become an inalienable part of Kazakhstan’s evolution, shaping the country’s multiethnic society and turning it into a driving Central Asian economic power.
The celebrations in Astana began with a flag-hoisting ceremony and the presentation of a flag to the State Protection Service.
“Relying on public trust, on December 16, I was able to declare the sovereignty of our country. Therefore, there is a close link between the Day of the First President and the upcoming national holiday - Independence Day,” said the President, addressing participants of the ceremony. “You are putting a lot of efforts into strengthening the country’s independence, confronting current threats, ensuring stable operation of the state machinery. Your work is inconspicuous, but the work you are doing is crucial for the country and its people. I am sure that you will justify the credit of trust we have placed in you.” In conclusion, he wished the officers good health and success in serving their motherland.
The presidential standard was raised to the sounds of the national anthem on the central flagpole in front of the Akorda presidential residence.
Later in the day, President Nazarbayev lit the main New Year’s tree of the country in Astana. The 25-metre tall spruce was installed in front of the Astana Opera State Theatre. Approximately 8,000 metres of tinsel and 2,000 colorful balloons were used to decorate the tree.
Nazarbayev congratulated Kazakhstan on the upcoming holidays and wished everyone happiness, prosperity and health. The ceremony ended with a fireworks show.
Addressing the gathering, President Nazarbayev said independent Kazakhstan is doing its best to create favourable conditions for the country’s youngest citizens. “Kindergartens and schools and sports facilities are made for you to be educated, healthy, to become true citizens of Kazakhstan who will lead our country forward. Our generation has established an independent Kazakhstan, and set everything out for your development. You are a happy generation because you were born and live in conditions of independent Kazakhstan. Be happy, may the upcoming New Year make your dreams come true. Let the fairy tales come true. I wish you to be joyful, happy and all your dreams come true. I congratulate you on this holiday and the upcoming New Year.
President Nazarbayev also visited the premiere of the film “Breaking the Vicious Circle.” The fourth film of the epic “The Way of the Leader” tells the story of the first President’s working career at the Karaganda Metallurgical Plant in Temirtau.
The lead role in the epic, as in previous versions, was played by young Kazakh actor Nurlan Alimzhanov. Russian cinema stars Valentin Gaft and Vladimir Steklov also had roles in the film, which was shot earlier this year.
“We all know that outstanding personalities create the history and multifaceted activity of our [country]. President Nursultan Nazarbayev is a shining example of devoted service to our fatherland for the benefit of all citizens,” Culture and Sports Vice Minister Galym Akhmediyarov told reporters. “The film will be released on December 4 in 50 theaters in 25 major cities of our country,” he noted. The filmmakers hope that the film will be popular not only among Kazakhstan’s viewers, but also abroad.