Every year, since 2016, on March 1, Kazakhstan celebrates the Day of Gratitude. On this day, Kazakhstanis express respect and appreciation to each other. Gratitude Day is a bright celebration of Kazakhstan's patriotism, unity and friendship. Day of support for the traditions of charity, social solidarity and mutual assistance!
A Friendship Festival dedicated to the Day of Gratitude was held at the Karaganda University of Kazpotrebsoyuz cheerfully and fervently, in an almost homely atmosphere. Opening the Festival, Vice-Rector for Social Affairs Abilov K.Zh. noted: "Under the Stalinist regime, in the 1930s and 40s, entire peoples were deported to Kazakhstan. Koreans, Germans, Poles, Chechens, Ingush, Karachay, Balkars and others. They were unloaded from the wagons right in the bare steppe. Kazakh families, themselves in extreme need, took them into their adobe houses, shared a piece of bread, and actually helped many of them to survive.
It was decided to celebrate the Day of Gratitude of all ethnic groups, to each other and to the Kazakhs who showed mercy and accepted these people as relatives on March 1, the day of the formation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan."
The audience who were present greeted the participants of the Festival with friendly applause, representing the Russian, German, Korean, Uzbek, Ukrainian and Chechen ethnic groups. They told about the peculiarities of life and traditions of the ethnic groups represented, showed the audience traditional dishes of national cuisines, creative performances: poems, songs, dances. No one was left indifferent by the fervent Russian, Uzbek and Korean dance numbers, a song in Ukrainian and poems in German, and of course an incendiary Lezginka.
The head of the Department of scientific and expert support and methodological support of the KSU "Kogamdyk kelisim" of the Department of Internal Policy of the Karaganda region D. B. Malaev, a member of the Chechen-Ingush ethno-cultural association "Vainakh" I. Umalatov, a member of the Karaganda branch of the Association of Koreans of Kazakhstan Kim L. I. attended and made welcoming speeches at the Festival.
And the Festival ended with a joint meal: participants, guests of the Festival and those who were just present tasted dishes of national cuisines: golden Uzbek pilaf, Russian pancakes and dumplings, Chechen cats-galnash (dumplings) and hingalsh (flatbreads), German sausages and kuh pies, salads and chicken in Korean "Chimek", Ukrainian dumplings and roast mushrooms, and all this was washed down with Ukrainian kvass and fragrant Kazakh tea with milk.