About National Lovers’ Day
Kazakhstan first started celebrating its National Lovers’ Day on April 15th 2011. This holiday became the alternative to Valentine’s Day celebrated internationally on February 14th. The Kazakh National Lovers’ Day is dedicated to the great love of the legendary epic characters Kozy Korpesh and Bayan Sulu. The epic poem of the same name tells the story of the tragic, faithful and incredible love between two young people, who were not destined to be together.
The National Lovers’ Day emerged in Kazakhstan in 2011. The Almaty City Youth Policy Department and the press office of the Almaty Mayor’s office included a new holiday in the event plan for a year in January 2011. They sent the letters to school administrations, asking them to reschedule the celebration of Valentine’s Day to April 15th. Eventually, the whole country started to celebrate the National Lovers’ Day.
Although people in Kazakhstan still continue to celebrate Valentine’s Day and give valentine cards to the loved ones on February 14th, the majority of Kazakh citizens support the celebration of the national holiday. April 15 is another opportunity for people in Kazakhstan to proclaim their love for each other and make the ordinary spring morning a little more romantic.