Kazakhstan People's Unity Day Date in the current year: May 1, 2016

Kazakhstan People's Unity Day On May 1, the Republic of Kazakhstan celebrates Kazakhstan People's Unity Day. It replaced International Workers' Day which was celebrated in Kazakhstan during the Soviet era.

International Workers' Day was an important public holiday in the Soviet Union. It was celebrated with marches, parades, demonstrations, and performances. The last official parade in the USSR was held on May 1, 1990.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, many post-Soviet countries continued to hold parades and other celebrations on May 1, but changed the holiday's name. For example, in Kazakhstan it was renamed to Kazakhstan People's Unity Day. The corresponding decree was signed in 1995, and the first official celebration took place on May 1, 1996.

The Republic of Kazakhstan is a multinational country, it is home for about 150 nations and nationalities. Kazakhs represent the majority of its population, ethnic Russians are also numerous. Other significant ethnic groups include Uzbeks, Ukrainians, Tatars, Uyghurs, Germans, Azerbaijans, Belarusians etc.

Unity Day in Kazakhstan focuses on uniting all the ethnic groups that reside on the territory of the country and promoting mutual understanding and cultural dialogue. The highlight of the holiday is an ethno-cultural exhibition that takes place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

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