Magjan Jumabayev was commemorated in Kazakhstan

Monday, 25 June 2018

Within the framework of the Year of Magjan Jumabayev dedicated to the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the birthday of the great Kazak poet by TURKSOY,  various wide-scope events have been held in Kazakhstan.

The year 2018 had been declared Year of Magjan Jumabayev upon decision of the 35th Permanent Council of Ministers of Culture of TURKSOY member countries held in Turkistan, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2017. Within this framework, the most comprehensive event held in TURKSOY member countries to commemorate Magjan Jumabayev took place in the village of Sartomar located in the Province of Northern Kazakhstan where the poet was born.

Commemorative events held with the contribution of participants from the USA, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey and  Uzbekistan included a conference entitled “Magjan Jumabayev’s Heritage and His Philosophy”, an inauguration of his statue, an event to introduce a commemorative stamp and an exhibition featuring works of the poet and impressions from his life and work  as well as various shows introducing Kazak traditions and handcrafts along with traditional horse races and wrestling competitions.  

In the speech he delivered at the event, TURKSOY Secretary General  Dusen Kasseinov stressed that various events and activities are being held in Turkey as well as in the Turkic World to commemorate one of the greatest personalities of Kazakhstan and the Turkic World. Mr. Kasseinov who added that these events will be carried out throughout the year 2018 further said: “Magjan is the second greatest poet of the Kazak people after Abay. He was the one who initiated the awakening of national identity and strengthened the struggle of the Kazak people for its independence. Magjan Jumabayev was one of the pioneers of the Alash Movement in Kazakhstan 100 years ago. Hence, we will be commemorating this great personality and pioneer of Kazakhstan in various cities of Turkey including  Kastamonu, our Cultural Capital 2018 and Ankara as well as  in Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, the TRNC, the Balkans and other regions of the Turkic World.”