Kazakhstan marks Day of Gratitude to celebrate tolerance


ASTANA -- Kazakhstanis across the country observed the Day of Gratitude Thursday (March 1), celebrating the unity, respect and solidarity of the country's multiple ethnic groups, Kazinform reported.

The Day of Gratitude, held March 1 each year, is for members of different ethnicities to show tolerance and hospitality to each other.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev first proposed the national day on March 1, 2015, while celebrating the 20th anniversary of the consultative Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.

"On this remarkable day, the people of Kazakhstan are united in remembrance of the triumph of morality and spirituality in difficult times," according to Nazarbayev's message to Kazakhstan, published on his official website Thursday.

"Kindness, mutual support and respect for each other made it possible for a unique atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding to form on the blessed Kazakh land, which all Kazakhstanis cherish and are proud of," the message said.

"Thus, the main idea of the Day of Gratitude is the preservation of historical memory and the strengthening of the connection between generations and of the unity of the people based on solid values."

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