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Koumiss Festival In Kazakhstan

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 00:57

The city of Petropavlovsk (Northern Kazakhstan) has for the first time hosted the festival of koumiss “Kymyzfest,” as reported by local mass media. The organizer of this event was the public youth association “Kyzylzhar Zhastary.” According to its chairman, Yerlik Mukhamedzhanov, the goal of the event is to present the rich culture of the region in order to attract tourists. The symbol of “Kymyzfest” was a horse; an equestrian carnival parade took place within the framework of the festival.


The event was based on the famous German “Oktoberfest” and the Brazilian Carnival. These are the most famous large-scale celebrations in the world, which are accompanied by obligatory popular mass festivities. The Petropavlovsk Festival had its own local flavor, though. The guests watched an equestrian carnival parade, in which stallions from all districts of the region were presented. Folk craftsmen of the province demonstrated products of traditional Kazakh applied art made from leather, wood, bones and ceramics. The festival also included a tournament in the northern region's traditional national game “Saha,” a beshbarmak competition, and a big concert. Finally, everyone could taste koumiss from local producers.


In total, about 800 liters of koumiss were brought to the festival. Of this volume, 200 liters were brought from the horse farm “Arkalyk” located in Mamlyut District, which is famous for its koumiss across Kazakhstan. The head of the horse farm, Nagashibay Barlubaev, stressed that the healing properties of koumiss have been described by many scientists and doctors.


According to him, koumiss was honored during the Soviet era. However, the situation changed dramatically during the first years of independence: koumiss almost disappeared from Kazakh villages. In the last 5-6 years, the situation has changed. Now there are several small koumiss farms in the vicinity of Petropavlovsk.

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