Holidays & Observances in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a large Asian country located between Russia and China. Throughout its history it has been under the influence of many different empires. The most recent country to control Kazakhstan was Russia, from which it gained its independence in 1991 during the fall of the USSR. Despite being a relatively new country, Kazakhstan has a strong economy and well-devolved national identity. Islam and Orthodox Christianity are both popularly practiced religions. During Soviet rule, practice of religion and celebrations of religious holidays was not encouraged, but since independence, religious holidays are celebrated with great enthusiasm. The dates of Christian holidays are determined by the Julian calendar.