Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, a smaller part of it is in Europe, but most of it is located in Central Asia. It shares borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It is almost 30 times larger than Hungary, but its population density is very low. It is a multinational country. They have been independent since 1991, they speak Kazakh and Russian.
The largest city is Almaty (Alma-Ata) with 1.7 million people, which used to be the capital, but nowadays Nur-Sultan is the new one, with a population of just under 700,000.
In Kazakhstan the climate is continental, ie dry, warm summer and terribly cold winter. In summer the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius while in winter it can be as low as -40 degrees. Summer is the best time to travel even though there is a large fluctuation in temperature between days and nights, but it is not rainy. It is a fantastic sight and experience to roam the contrasting eastern Kazakh landscape and the endless steppes in the west, as well as the huge mountains in the southwest, for example in the Charyn canyon.
The legendary Kazakh-Hungarian friendship is close to the hearts of the locals, who welcome the guests with great love. For example, our common word is alma (apple).
Kazakh women often dress up elegantly, stylishly, high heels are a must for a casual look in everyday life. When people greet each other, they give them two hands.
Kazakh gastronomy has changed interestingly, the original nomadic migrant lifestyle began to change to settling down. Until then, it was based on the use of meat and milk, such as horsemeat, lamb, cow, sheep, cow, and camel cheese.The technique of smoked-salted and smoked-cooked semi-finished products has been perfected during constant migration. Interestingly, it is understandable that, as a result of lifestyle, cereals and vegetables have barely appeared in food, and later the millet became the most popular garnish. National food today is samsa (meat pie cooked), manti (meat pie steamed), beshbarm (cooked meat noodles sprinkled with parsley and coriander)
The most honorable Kazakh holiday is Nauryz (03.22), one of the oldest celebrations of the mankind which praises spring, rebirth, love and friendship.
The Kazakhs love literary arts. The Akyn (national poets) are singing improvisations and follow their songs on the national string instruments (koboz or domb) .
Kazakhs have a particular talent in music. There are beautifully singing or music-playing members in almost every family. Their musical instruments evoke the sounds of the steppes.