2006.01.06 Kazakhstan today:
HEAD OF ORTHODOX CHURCH IN RK CONGRATULATES KAZAKHSTAN ON XMAS
[09:15] 05/01/2006, Kazakhstan today
Mephodius, metropolitan of Astana and Almaty, congratulated
Kazakhstani people on the forthcoming Orthodox Christmas at a press
conference in Astana yesterday, January 4, KZ-today correspondent
"I would like to wish peaceful and prosperous life in our country to
all Kazakhstani people," - the head of Orthodox Church in RK said.
Metropolitan Mephodius said that in the night from 6 to 7 January a
Christmas Mass will take place in the St. Ascension Cathedral of
According to the metropolitan, Alexius II, patriarch of Moscow and
All Russia, had approved the fact that "the Christmas was declared a
holiday in Kazakhstan. My colleagues from CIS also perceived that
news with great joy. President Nazarbayev realises that it is a
spiritual component of life and development of our society, without
which it cannot be harmonious and complete," - he stressed.
Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, inked the draft law
"On changes and amendments in the law 'On labour'," as per which the
first day of Qurban Ait and the Orthodox Christmas become official
days-off Friday, December 30.