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Aida’s Kazakh Grandparents and Their Nomadic Patriotism

We live in the South part of Kazakhstan city called Shymkent where the mentality and national patriotism are very strong and those are very important parts of people’s style of life and ways of behave. Most of Kazakh families are very serious about their cultural and traditional customs; my family is one of the examples of such family.


For example every Victory Day, May 9, we and our relatives meet together and celebrate this day, remembering the heroic activities of our grandfather, who participated in World War II.  As a background about my grandparents: they were very intelligent and intellectually high skilled people. My grandpa was the teacher in high school, and when the World War II started, all his high class students and he were sent to field of the battles to the war. 


One day my grandpa was wounded in Ukraine and was lying in the land. He had blacked out and when he realized that he was still alive, he saw that his arm and feet were repaired and many other ill and injured soldiers of Soviet Union were lying in one room like barracks.  Every night 2-3 women of the Ukraine village, secretly were coming and bringing some food and medicine with them. My grandpa said that, those Ukraine women were very brave and really humanity sensitive human beings, that saved his and many others’ lives in the war. He mentioned that if fascists knew about actions of those Ukrainian women, they would kill them immediately. 


After hearing that story, I was inspirited and become very proud of my grandfather and kind people who live in our world.  Another story, related to my grandma.  She was helpful, hard working, open-minded and very hospitable person.  The house where my grandparents and mum lived was very friendly and a lot of families were like relatives among each other. They had very close relationship and always were together.   If any of them didn’t come every day to visit and have a cup of tea with my grandma, she was asking my mum about that neighbor.


They were so happy and sincerely that people around them always were surprised of their positive energy, enthusiasm and motivation to live and make the others happy. They had charisma and skill to make person laugh and be satisfy of everyday life that God gave them.

They taught their children to love and be loved, to work hard, be patriots and proud of being descendants of Great Nomads who lived in steppe of Central Asia; to respect customs, traditions and mentality of Kazakhs. I think these basic ideas are very important in upbringing new generation, especially nowadays when the process of globalization has already started.


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