Zhandarbek Malibekov, the author of the National Emblem of RK
The Kazakh nation is not formed now, its history lasts for many years. The Sakas, Uisuns, Hunns and Turks lived on the Kazakh steppe. Our history is closely connected with them. Later Altyn Orda, after it Kazakh khanate separated from them. Our President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in Ulytau, that all facts are important for our people and we should tell it to our young people. The celebration of the 550th anniversary is a page of history for our generation.
Serik Sapiyev, World Boxing Champion, Olympic Champion
The 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is not only our past history; it is an indicator of spirit strength of our ancestors, who were able to save our statehood. National consciousness and identity of Kazakh people underwent difficult periods in our history. Studying the history, we understand how tough it was for our ancestors to obtain independence. This holiday is a sign for younger generations how to value and preserve the accumulated knowledge, traditions and customs of the nation for the future generations. So, the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh khanate has an important political meaning. This date is indeed a significant milestone in the development of our statehood, one of the possibilities to implement the national idea «Mangilik el». Dear people of Kazakhstan, I congratulate you on this glorious occasion, I wish you to do sports and stay strong in spirit!
Nurlan Alimzhan, actor, singer
I congratulate all people of Kazakhstan on the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate. It is a great history that our ancestors Kerey and Zhanibek presented endless land to us. That time they formed a great state. They unified 200 thousand people and make regiments. By virtue of power of our batyrs, they defended our land. I wish our country be in peace and independent. I believe our country will be famous and eternal. I hope we will always celebrate the events of the Kazakh Khanate.
Anuar Nurpeissov, actor, Head of the KSU «Astana Zhastary» of the Akimat of Astana
I believe that the national idea of «Mangilik el» is that our state was founded 550 years ago. By virtue of our ancestors there is an eternal, developing and progressing country called Kazakhstan. Regardless any political and geopolitical challenges, Kazakhstan with relatively small population but with a very solid and tough wedge has been retained. The meaning of this idea includes the eternal nation, who takes the mutual understanding for the basis between the hundreds of ethnic groups. I consider the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh khanate is directed to self-awareness, self-identification of citizens. This event is a reminder that we are a nation with rich and ancient culture, 550 is more than half of thousand, there were different states and nations on our land, but the last 550 years this land located under the name of Kazakh people. We are a dynamically developing nation. The most important thing is that thirst to the knowledge of our people was endless, time must be equivalent to the knowledge and knowledge must be equivalent to material and spiritual values. I congratulate all people of Kazakhstan on this great holiday!
Asykhan Tolepov, actor
First of all, I want to congratulate all Kazakh people on the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate. It is one of the significant periods in Kazakh history. It is a great holiday. A historical event that happened in 1456 was driving force for the formation of the Kazakh Khanate. Kerey and Zhanibek fought against of Abilkhayr khan’s leadership and they led Kazakh tribes to move to the Kozybasy and it was a first step for formation of the Kazakh Khanate. The date our ancestors desired was in 1465. This celebration is of great importance for us. It is a heritage that will be passed for our younger generation. I hope that this event will not stay as an event that celebrated once. I believe, it will turn into an annual tradition.
Denis Ten, figure-skater of Kazakhstan, winner of the winter Olympic Games
The 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is a historic event for all country! This date describes the whole epoch of formation of the Kazakh statehood, a new era in the Great Steppe, when Kazakh people came to the foreground of the history. Today, remembering great achievements of our ancestors we take steps forward to the national idea «Mangilik el», representing the eternal state, eternal land and eternal values. A man without past has no future and this event gives opportunity not only to touch the historical past, but also to pass collected knowledge, traditions and customs of the nation to future generations. The 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is a national achievement of all country and essential impulse to conquer new heights in the history of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Essen Eleuken , President of Kazakhstan’s CFI
Celebration of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is very important. That is why, I consider it is a Kazakh event that has found its place on the historic arena. Now we should celebrate not only the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, but annually.
Samat Smakov, captain of Kazakhstan National Football Team
I proud that I am Kazakh and was born on this holy land! The celebration of the anniversary of the formation of the Kazakh Khanate contributes to the strengthening of the Kazakhstan’s statehood and patriotism. The political and social significance of the coming anniversary is concluded in the fact that the Kazakh Khanate was first national state in the Central Asia, formed by the existing nation. The Kazakh Khanate is a state with rich history, it has rise and falls and life of the modern Kazakhstan depends on us and further generations. Our history is we are and we can make further rises of modern Kazakhstan! I congratulate all people of Kazakhstan on this national holiday!
Marat Absemetov, director of the National Archives of RK
The Kazakh Khanate formed as a lawful heir of Altyn Orda. Kerey and Zhanibek separated from Moghulistan and formed the basis of our state with 200 thousand people in Kozybasy. It is a great holiday for our people. During these 550 years, our people defeated Dzungars and sent them away from the historic stage. Mukhammed Khaidar Dulati wrote a chronicle «Tarikh-i Rashidi». It is a narrative of the fact how we formed our khanate and how many difficulties we passed on our way. It is a historical work and it is a valuable heritage. By virtue of this chronicle written by Mukhammed Khaidar Dulati, it showed that we formed the Kazakh Khanate in 1465-66 and we celebrate our 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate.
Aliya Telebarissova, actress
Kazakhstan has passed a long thorny path in the establishment of its statehood and independence, starting with the moment, when Zhanibek and Kerey formed the Kazakh khanate in 1465. Our ancestors overcame many difficulties they have met on their way and by virtue of their strength of spirit and will to go forward, today we see Kazakhstan as one of the dynamically developing countries in the world, existing in peace and calm. Now it is time to remember the history of the formation of our statehood and bring it to our young people, passing it from generation to generation. In this significant year for Kazakhstan, I would like to wish to all nation of our independent and multi-ethnic country to remain a single entity and never stop in the face of difficulties. Considering the current economic period not only for our country, I wish our nation would be more unified and empathize to everything, as our ancestors showed us, we can overcome everything and achieve all goals together. Peace and prosperity to Kazakhstan and people of Kazakhstan!
Zhanserik Berikkazyuly, TV presenter
The event of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is a memorable holiday for us. It gives a lot for our younger generation. We can take direction through the history and customs that our ancestors left. That is why it is important to celebrate this event on the high level and this will contribute to teach patriotism, national values for our young people. I hope, it will be a great event not only for adults and historians, but will turn into an annual event.
Doszhan Tabyldy, leading ballet performer of «Astana Opera»
This holiday is a significant historical event for Kazakhstan! I am very grateful to our ancestors who brought up true warriors, true mothers in themselves. Our ancestors gave a powerful message to the sons, so that they could fearlessly defend our land and could unify and form a single state in the steppe. I am extremely glad that we have a rich history, I believe each person of Kazakhstan must be proud of it, be proud of ancestors, we have to do it, we must follow the example of wisdom and courage of our ancestors to go forward to the bright future of great Kazakhstan! I want to wish health, continuous self-development, upbringing of the younger generation in the spirit of historical cultural value, to go straight spreading our culture, so our next generation can be proud of us too. We are forming a new history of modern Kazakhstan!
Maxim Rozhin, blogger
Every nation must pay attention to its history. It is very important to know history and share it with neighboring countries, to the world. Nowadays to be a leader means to be respected and experienced. If this allegory is true for a man, then it is also true for people and nations. People who have rich history considered as a nation can develop in own direction. When someone says, that «it is a country that has no history, they have no right to exist», I support the celebration of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate formed by Kerey and Zhanibek. The main goal is not in celebration, but to leave it as a heritage for the next generation.
Anna Alyabyeva, master of sports of international class of Kazakhstan in rhythmic gymnastics
Kerey and Zhanibek proved the fact that Kazakh people are freedom-loving nation, unaware of obstacles and always following the heart. It is a big friendly family! I am proud that Kazakhstan does not stop and moves on. I am proud that Kazakhstan is multinational. We all live in peace and calm. I wish Kazakhstan to be prosperous! I congratulate all people on the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh khanate!
Galymzhan Kenshilik, TV presenter, journalist
We are generation of honored and bright people. It is our obligation to glorify the courage of our batyrs who gave their lives for our land. I know that celebration of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is the first step of our responsibility, that will make our country famous. I believe that our generation will make contribution to our history. Congratulations!
Almas Kishkenbayev, singer
I consider it is an honor to celebrate such event for every citizen of Kazakhstan, because it is history, our ancestors we should know. Thanks to them, today our republic is independent. Therefore, we need to celebrate such events. Firstly, it is a big holiday for people of Kazakhstan, secondly it is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the Kazakh Khanate and disclosure of its historical role.
Berik Sultan, journalist, blogger
The celebration of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate is very important for our nation. Our history renews in this event and the national immunity strengthens. Different films, TV-episodes, cartoons related to our history are shown now. It means that through the image of batyr we show that our people are kind and generous and we should up-bring our children in this way. I wish the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate would stay in the history.
Ansagan Mustafa, artist-designer
I heard this news last year and I was very happy for that. It was a very good answer for people in Russia who was mistaken by saying that Kazakh people have no history. I wanted to do something according to this occasion and I made a design for one T-shirt. I said, if it will have 550 likes, I will make 55 kinds of design till summer. But it had more than 1000 likes in one day. I made 55 kinds of design and showed it in my flashmob-exhibition. I call the exhibition «Shashu». I gave this name because I was working for half a year and made the design of 55 T-shirts and gave them away. I thought, if many people wear them in summer, they will promote the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate. This is how I made a contribution in this event.
By Miras NURLANULY and Altynbek KUMYRZAKULY