Nursultan Nazarbayev congratules Kazakhstanis on Kurban Ait holiday06 october 2014, 11:28
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the Kurban Ait holiday, Tengrinews reports citing the presidential website.
“Dear compatriots! I congratulate you on Kurban Ait holiday! From time immemorial, Kurban Ait is one of the major Muslim holidays that maintains eternal human values: peace, unity, mercy and mutual aid," the President said.
"In our country, Kurban Ait plays an essential role in the development of cultural and spiritual values, strengthening of peace and accord in the society. Kurban Ait, like other religious holidays, has become an important event in the spiritual life of Kazakhstanis, in strengthening moral values and solidarity in the society," Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
"The bright Kurban Ait holiday is a symbol of the triumph of kindness, mercy, generosity, compassion and concern for others. Help provided to orphans, elderly, disabled and all those in need evokes high feelings, filling the hearts with kindness and gratitude," the President said.
"May the Almighty accept all wishes and bestow the grace! May our country always live in peace, unity and harmony! I wish all the people of Kazakhstan good health, success and well-being!" the President conluded.
Kurban Ait is a holy Muslim holiday that is celebrated for three days on the 70th day of moon calendar after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ends. Each year the date changes slightly.
On this day, Muslims sacrifice one of the animals - a sheep, cow, goat, buffalo or camel. There is a belief that one who follows the ritual earns the mercy of the Allah.
The meat from the sacrificed animal should be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
During this holiday, Muslim people also present gifts to each other, pay visits to relatives and close friends.
By Assel Satubaldina