Christmas Traditions in Kazakstan

Christmas in Kazakstan [Kazakhstan] is not celebrated as a National holiday. During the last 75 years of communist rule the people of Kazakhstan were prohibited from speaking about their religious beliefs. Currently, the population is almost evenly divided into Muslims and Russian Orthodox followers.

Slowly, Christianity is being reintroduced with the help of a few churches. This is being done through the organization of Christmas concerts where Christmas songs are sung. The Orthodox Church provides public worship services. On Christmas Eve, in the evening, people of all ages go to visit their friends at their homes. They sing Christmas songs and wish each other well. One of these songs is “Silent Night.”

In secular homes, families gather together to share Christmas pies and bottles of wine or vodka. They make toasts, sing songs, and dance.