Kazakhstan marks Day of State Symbols
ASTANA. KAZINFORM Kazakhstan marks the Day of State Symbols today, June 4.
The state symbols of the Republic of Kazakhstan are its National Flag, the National Emblem and the National Anthemю
The National Flag is a rectangular breadth of blue color with the image of the sun in its center with a soaring steppe eagle underneath. Along the flagstaff there is a vertical band with the national ornamental patterns.
The National Emblem has the shape of a circle (wheel). The central element of the Emblem is the image of shanyrak (an arched cross-shaped top of the Kazakh yurt) against a sky blue background which irradiates uyks (supports or bearings of the yurt) in the form of sunrays to all sides. On both right and left sides of shanyrak there are the images of mythical winged quarter horses. At the top of the Emblem there is a volumetric five-pointed star. There is also the inscription "Kazakhstan" at the bottom of the Emblem.
The National Anthem of the Republic of Kazakhstan was adopted twice in the history of independent Kazakhstan - in 1992 and 2006.
After gaining independence in 1992, a nationwide contest for writing music and lyrics of the national Anthem was announced. Following the results of the competition, it was decided to retain the melody of the anthem of the Kazakh SSR. Mukan Tulebayev, Yevgeny Brusilovsky and Latif Khamidi became the authors of the first anthem. The creative team represented by Kazakhstan's famous poets Muzaphar Alimbayev, Kadyr Myrzaliyev, Tumanbai Moldagaliyev and a young poetess Zhadyra Daribayeva are the authors of the lyrics.
The new Anthem was adopted in 2006 and is based on the patriotic song "Menyn Kazakhstanym" (My Kazakhstan) which is popular among the people and written in 1956, with music by Shamshi Kaldayakov and lyrics by Zhumeken Nazhimedenov. First President Nursultan Nazarbayev modified the original lyrics of the song.