Most Kazakhs live in Kazakhstan (obviously!) but there are also Kazakh minorities in Mongolia, Russia, China, Uzbekistan; Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and more countries. In Mongolia, the Kazakhs represent the 5% of the total population, being the second largest ethnic group in the country (the first one is the Khalkhs).

Kazakhs here are extended families that for several centuries continue preserving their nomadic lifestyle, religion (most of them are Muslims), their livestock activity, and traditions, whether through music, dance, colourful clothing, crafts, food, customs (eagle hunters, for example), games and festivities. They are usually very happy people, musical and, of course, great horse riders!

 

For people in the countryside of Mongolia, receiving people at their homes (even strangers) is something normal. As nomads it’s a strategy for survival and and also a good opportunity to socialize with others, as they are constantly moving to search good pastures for the cattle.

Whether in a ger (yurt) or in a house (with a colourful decoration, family portraits and rugs on the walls), the Kazakhs always welcomed you into their homes sharing what they had (milk, bread, cheese and sometime vodka!), teaching how to ride horses and herding their animals.

To all Kazakh friends, I want to say: Рахмет !!!!

Kazakhs family in western mongolia

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