Kazakhstan gained independence in 1991 after 2 centuries of Russian rule. The Kazakhs are of Mongolian and Turkic origin. The country has 14 provinces (oblystar). Nursultan Nazarbayey is the President.
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University's campus, Almaty.
Central Mosque built in 1999 at Astana, the capital.
Elderly couple celebrate Eid al-Fitr in a yurt.
The festive holiday, Nauryz falls on 22 March. People sit down (pic) around a dastarkhan, a table or cloth, laid out with meat dishes, noodles, bread and sweets.
Display at the Central State Museum in Almaty.
Grazing sheep by the foothills. The Kazakhs used to be nomads before.
Berkutchi - using golden eagle to hunt.
Kazakhstan is a beautiful country with contrasting landscapes (deserts, steppes, forests, snowy mountains) and diversity of people (also Russians, Slovaks, Germans) and culture. The country is steeped in history (Golden Horde, Silk Road).
Najib and Rosmah will enjoy their residence there. Envy them.