Kazakhstan marks Day of State Symbols


ASTANA -- Kazakhstan celebrated the Day of State Symbols Monday (June 4), commemorating the country's flag, national anthem and state seal. All were created in 1992 after Kazakhstan gained independence, Kazinform reported.

The blue flag incorporates the sun, an eagle and a vertical band to represent the country's virtues.

The seal, designed by Kazakh architects Jandarbek Malibekov and Shot-Aman Ualikhanov, is said to represent life and eternity.

The latest version of the anthem, based on the 1956 song "Menyn Kazakhstanym" (My Kazakhstan) by Shamshi Kaldayakov and Jumeken Najimedenov, was adopted in 2006.

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