Nauryz is a very important holiday for Kazakhs, which marks the beginning of a new year. It is celebrated several days starting from 21st of March, the day of the spring equinox. Nauryz means ‘new day’, it is celebrated in the Great Steppes from ancient times. (visitkazakhstan.kz)
Leadership Wisconsin purposely planned our international trip during this time of year so we could be in Kazakhstan during their countries biggest holiday. It was great fun. As Americans we stuck out very easily as the locals kept asking to take pictures with us. Not many Americans travel to Kazakhstan apparently so we are an oddity! We enjoyed great music and cultural learning. We enjoyed a meal in a Yurt which is a place where native Kazakhs used to live. Similar to the Native American teepee. It was a lot of fun. We also went to a school in a very rural village that looks like it is in the early 1900s where we listened to musical performances from locals playing Kazakh instruments made of wood and horse hair.
Very beautiful costumes and great cultural experience!