Posts tagged Beshbarmak

Zhuldyz’s Grandparents Celebrated their Golden Anniversary

Family is one of the most valuable things in your life. Consequently, we can not live without our parents, brothers, and sisters. They always support, help, give some advice and also offer love to you.

I am going to write about my father’s parents, because they are still alive. My mother’s parents died so many years ago, I had never met them. My father’s parents live in a village, which is called Shalkar, located in the southwestern part of Kazakhstan. My grandfather was born in 1923. His name is Kuleken and he is 86 years old. He was a driver, but now he is a pensioner. He is very kind and smart and he knows a lot of interesting things. He is 18 years older than my grandma.

My grandmother’s name is Lidiya and she was born in 1941 in Shenbertal, a very small village. One interesting thing is that my grandmother never worked. She always was a housewife. The second interesting one is that my grandparents have 12 children. It is unusual for nowadays. They are 6 boys and 6 girls. My father is the third child in the family. They have about 40 grandchildren and 2 grand grandchildren. They have been living together for 50 years. According to the Kazakh traditions we call this period as the Golden Wedding. They celebrated this holiday on 15th August.

According to our Kazakh traditions parents have to live with the youngest son. Therefore, they live with my uncle. His name is Nurbol and he is 30 years old. He has his own family which consists of four people. My grandparents love their children and grandchildren.  When my grandfather was young, he drove a tractor in order to provide some families with food, because it was the hardest time for everyone during war time between 1941-1945.

I already mentioned that my grandma was a housewife, hence she taught us to cook, especially our national food “beshbarmak.” My grandmother always taught us to be kind and to respect elder people. She told us about our Kazakh values which are our culture, traditions and customs. I am so happy that I have the best grandparents in the world. I love them very much. I am proud of them too much.

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Kazakh Faces at Astana, Alatau Sanatorium and Turgen

Just as I was about to put this in my blog, one of my blog readers asked about the Alatau Sanatorium I stayed at for a CATEC (Central Asia Teachers of English) conference this past June.  I presented at CATEC with a colleague friend of mine and will do something of the same next week in Astana and Karaganda for another conference.  The title for both presentations is “Kazakhstan’s Orality vs. Info Literacy.”  It will be fun to travel with another new friend of mine within our Language Center who will be presenting her own paper.

During our mid-semester break, it was GREAT to travel to Astana to visit some of my husband’s Kazakh friends from his agricultural past working for USDA of 16-17 years ago.  We were served a very Kazakh meal of Beshbarmak (Five Fingers) by our gracious hostess Cholpan.  Her husband and Ken friend, Kanat gave us a tour of the Farming Institute which used to be THEE place for the former Soviet Union. 

Kazakhs are known to be very generous and hospitable but I’m also learning that some can be very spiteful and vengeful too.  I think there are those who would LOVE to go to this upcoming conference but are mired down with committee meetings and trying frantically to keep up with the pace of our university.  Perhaps they would rather be dancing like these Kazakh girls above who were at the Alatau sanatorium or on horseback similar to photo below when we went last spring to Turgen to do some trout fishing.  In any case, for every happy and kind Kazakh face, there are those who are showing a happy face which is trying to cover up a very vengeful and mean spirit inside.  Human nature is basically sinful no matter what country you are living in.

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