How Do You Celebrate New Year In Kazakhstan?

NEW YEAR IS A SPECIAL HOLIDAY AND NOT EVERYONE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION WITH TANGERINES, RUSSIAN SALAD AND A TV SHOW. TO SAVE YOU FROM TIRESOME SEARCHES OF NEW THINGS TO DO FOR YOUR NEW YEAR PARTY, WE HAVE PREPARED OUR TOP-5 IDEAS.


TRAVELLING

All Kazakhstanis would like to celebrate New Year in a paradise location. Some dream of spending New Year’s Eve in an all- inclusive hotel by the beach while others would prefer to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in a guesthouse of a ski resort. “There is no such luxury in our country,” locals say and then they go to foreign resorts – and how wrong they are! Borovoe resort, also known as the “Kazakh Switzerland”, has an excellent ski run which is perfect for both skiers and fans of classic or freeride snowboarding. The service here is as good as in one of the richest countries of the world while the prices are far more reasonable. The celebration of New Year among snowy mountains and frozen lakes will cost you about eighty thousand tenge.

The cost includes sport activities, a festive dinner, spa and a musical performance.
Few people know about it, but there is somewhere in Kazakhstan with thermal springs and asecetic nature, reminiscent of Iceland. This unique place is located near Chundzha village, 250 km away from Almaty. It’s not a long way and only takes about five or six hours though winding mountain roads can be confusing even for skillful drivers, so to avoid ending up lost on New Year’s Eve it is advisable to find a professional guide. These moderate costs will pay off when you reach the destination, the valley of hot springs. Each spring has a different temperature (from +25°C to +45°C) and choosing the one that is comfortable for you won’t be too hard. There is a variety of accommodation options here where a room will cost you from five to fifteen thousand tenge per night. Isn’t it a perfect low-cost idea for New Year celebration?

Moreover those who don’t like natural hot tubs may spend the holidays playing pool, enjoying waterslides or having fun at a barbecue party.

EXTREME WOODLAND PARTY

New Year’s Eve is the time for magic and… madness. Multiple forest parties that have already become mainstream are proving it. Needless to say it’s an option for those who like extremes and would happily change their holiday clothes for winter gears and spend a night out in nature.

Kazakhstan doesn’t have as many forests as Russia or Finland, for example, so it will take hundreds of kilometres for you to reach the pine forests of Irtysh Land or the northern birth groves. However, before you can put up a tent you will need to get the permission of a local forest officer to do it.

Consider that at least two hours will be necessary to complete all arrangements, lay the table and decorate the New Year tree with baubles and garlands. Candles will help to create a cosy atmosphere and will also help your guests to relax after the intensity of city life. Hiking songs, funny New Year stories or even scary stories told around the campfire will be an exciting addition to the evening.

Harmony with nature and good rest should be your priority on such day, however don’t forget about the financial aspect of it: on average you might spend about ten to fifteen thousand tenge.

HAVING FUN LIKE KARLSSON-ON-THE-ROOF

On New Year’s Eve, some people look for adventures, some for space so that they can think quietly whilst some want to find ways to feel the philosophical essence of the moment: The desire to see

the world from a bird’s perspective, look at the year behind and make conclusions about it. An ideal solution might be a viewing platform on a roof. Its large area will be enough for inviting some dozens of guests and making the place comfortable.

Garlands, sparklers and firecrackers will turn the roof into a perfect New Year party location. However, the roof is not a good place for fireworks and it would be better to avoid them to ensure that you’re safe. Also, from midnight, you will have about half an hour to enjoy the city fireworks and cars hooting. When your New Year wishes and declarations are said it’s time for fun like a dance marathon, snowball fights or a karaoke contest. The final accord of this unusual New Year party will be the sunrise as a symbol of new life. Just make sure you can stay warm until that hour!

It should be noted that such a party will not cost much. On average you may have to spend from ten to twenty thousand tenge depending on the number of guests you invite.

INTERNET SURFING

This unusual way to celebrate New Year will be good for real introverts preferring to stay home- even at night when everyone else is partying.
A solitary celebration is one of the most budget-friendly and will not cost you more than five thousand tenge. But this will be enough to get a couple of kilos of tangerines, some sweets and a bottle of champagne. When your dinner is prepared, it’s time to surf the web. Start with online Periscope streams where you can even record your own address to the nation or tell others about your celebration. Take some “happy” selfies for Instagram and you could also let your followers see your dinner.

When the photo shoot is over, arrange a mini-disco for yourself with festive music you can find on Vkontakte. By midnight you should have thought about everything you have achieved this year and what you’re planning to do in the New Year. Write about your plans on Facebook and don’t forget to specify the dates. Also, check your Skype since probably there is someone of your family or friends who couldn’t be with you this time and is waiting for your call.

 

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