Defender of the Fatherland Day (Kazakhstan)

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Defender of the Fatherland Day
Т-72Б Вооружённых Сил Казахстана.JPG
A T-72 tank during a Defender of the Fatherland Day parade in 2015.
Official name Отан Қорғаушы күні
Also called Army Day
Armed Forces Day
Observed by Kazakhstan
Significance Commemorates the founding of the Kazakh Armed Forces
Celebrations
  • Military Ceremonies
  • Presentation of awards
  • festive demonstrations
  • military concerts
  • Programs honouring the Kazakh Armed Forces on Kazakh TV
[1]
Observances Military parade on Independence Square in Astana (On special occasions it is held at the Otar Military Base in the Zhanbyl Region.)
Date May 7
Next time 7 May 2019 (2019-05-07)
Frequency annual
Related to Kazakhstan Independence Day

Defender of the Fatherland Day (Kazakh:Отан Қорғаушы күні) is a national holiday celebrated annually on May 7, commemorating the founding of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan. The event is marked by military parades, fireworks and ceremonies all around the country.[2]

History[edit]

On May 7, 1992, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree on the establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In October, 2012, President Nazarbayev signed into law an amendment, giving the holiday a status as a national holiday.[3][4]

Commemorations[edit]

Defender of the Fatherland Day, 2013[edit]

Celebrated the 21st anniversary of the founding of the Kazakh Armed Forces.[5] It was held at the Otar Military Base.[6] Saule Aitpayeva was promoted to the rank of General, becoming first female general since Kazakhstan gained independence.[7][8]

Defender of the Fatherland Day, 2014[edit]

Celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Kazakh Armed Forces.[9][10][11]The parade commander Lieutenant General Murat Maikeyev.[12]Reporting to President Nazarbayev was Kazakhstan's Defense Minister Serik Akhmetov.[13]2,000 soldiers, 56 air units, and 250 defense technologies took part in the parade.[14]

Defender of the Fatherland Day, 2015[edit]

Celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the Kazakh Armed Forces and the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War.[15][16][17][18] Minister of Defence Imangali Tasmagambetov who presided over the parade. An exact copy of the Victory Banner, was delivered to Astana from the Museum of Great Patriotic War in Moscow.

Defender of the Fatherland Day, 2017[edit]

Celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Kazakh Armed Forces.[19][20][21][22] The parade inspector was the Minister of Defence Colonel General Saken Zhasuzakov, and the parade commander was the Commander in Chief of the Kazakh Ground Forces, Major General Murat Bektanov. More than 5,000 servicemen, around 300 units of military machinery and 70 military jets took part in the parade.[19][20][23][24]

Defender of the Fatherland Day, 2018[edit]

Celebrated the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Kazakh Armed Forces.[25][26] President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the creation of a new branch of the armed forces designed to combat cyber threats.[27] It was the first parade at the Otar Military Base in 5 years. An exhibition of military equipment was unveiled at the base. [28][29]

Gallery[edit]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-celebrates-defender-s-day_a3244379
  2. ^ http://www.inform.kz/en/kazakhstan-celebrates-defender-s-day_a3244379
  3. ^ "Kazakhstan celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day". Trend.Az (in Russian). 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  4. ^ http://calendr.net/holiday/653
  5. ^ "Today at Otar Military Range President of Kazakhstan and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev Attends Combat Parade Devoted to the Fatherland Defenders' Day — Official site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan". www.akorda.kz. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Kazakhstan celebrates new national holiday – Fatherland defender's Day". astana.gov.kz. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  7. ^ "First Military Parade in Kazakhstan - The Gazette of Central Asia". gca.satrapia.com. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  8. ^ http://primeminister.kz/en/news/13/na-40-j-voennoj-baze-«otar»-sostojalsja-boevoj-parad-vooruzhennyh-sil-rk
  9. ^ "84 military service women to take part in the metropolitan parade on Fatherland Defenders Day". 3D Astana (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  10. ^ "Kazakhstan holds military parade". Trend.Az (in Russian). 2014-05-07. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  11. ^ "Military parade to be held in Kazakhstan | KazWorld.info". kazworld.info. Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  12. ^ "Lieutenant General Murat Maykeev, the Commander of Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Kzaakhstan, led the parade". 
  13. ^ "This year's parade was held with the participation of the new defense minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov". 
  14. ^ "Kazakhstan's president to attend military parade on May 7 in capital". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  15. ^ "On May 7, 2015, a military parade was held in Astana dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This parade the Ministry of Defense declared the largest in the history of the country, since it involved twice as many personnel and units of military equipment than usual. More than 5,000 servicemen took part in it; more than 200 veterans were invited. Источник: http://e-history.kz/en/publications/view/3087 © e-history.kz".  External link in |title= (help)
  16. ^ "A military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 is due to be held in the Kazakh capital Astana on May 7". Youtube. 
  17. ^ "Military parade in Astana · Publications · "Kazakhstan History" portal". e-history.kz. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  18. ^ "Historic Scenes, Retro Military Equipment to be Presented in Victory Parade - The Astana Times". The Astana Times. 2015-04-24. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  19. ^ a b "Military parade commemorates Fatherland Defenders' Day, Victory Day marked - The Astana Times". The Astana Times. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  20. ^ a b "Kazakhstan holds military parade to mark 25th Foundation Anniversary of Kazakhstan Armed Forces - Global Times". www.globaltimes.cn. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  21. ^ "Grand military parade to be held on May 7 in Astana". www.inform.kz (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  22. ^ "Participation in the military parade on the Day of the Fatherland Defender and the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan's Armed Forces — Official site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan". www.akorda.kz. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  23. ^ ir.kz. ""Arlan" armored wheeled vehicles took part in the military parade in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan". Today, on May 7, 2017 at Independence Square in Astana th ... News | Media centre | Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-09-10. 
  24. ^ "В Казахстане прошел самый крупный военный парад в истории страны: видео // НТВ.Ru". www.ntv.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-09-22. 
  25. ^ http://defence-blog.com/army/kazakhstan-marks-defenders-day-massive-military-parade.html/amp
  26. ^ http://kazakh-tv.kz/en/view/politics/page_193267_military-parade-was-held-in-zhanbyl-region
  27. ^ https://www.rferl.org/amp/kazakhstan-creates-new-military-branch-to-fight-cyberthreats/29212903.html
  28. ^ http://www.inform.kz/en/kazakh-president-expected-to-attend-military-parade-in-otar_a3244430
  29. ^ https://primeminister.kz/en/news/all/16464

External Links[edit]

Youtube: 2013 Defender of the Fatherland Day Parade

Youtube: 2014 Defender of the Fatherland Day Parade

Youtube: 2015 Defender of the Fatherland and Victory Day Parade

Youtube: 2017 Defender of the Fatherland Day Parade

Youtube: 2018 Defender of the Fatherland Day Parade

Youtube: Astana will host a military parade for the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan Armed Forces