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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


What It's Like To Be Young In Kazakhstan

Published 16 January 2013

RFE/RL's Kazakh Service has launched a photo competition asking its readers to send in photos that capture the spirit of Kazakh youth. From wedding parties to souped-up cars to snake dances, the photos are a compelling portrait of a post-Soviet generation. (18 PHOTOS)

1

Students wait nervously before the start of a major high school exam. The results determine which university the students will attend.

2

Playing chess in the park.

3

Before getting married, many Kazakh couples do a photo shoot. They will use a photo for their wedding invitation.

6

Moving from a small town to a big city.

8

A birthday celebration in a Soviet-themed restaurant.

10

A newly married couple prepares to release a pair of doves, which is seen as a symbol of a happy life.

12

A bride wearing a traditional Kazakh wedding outfit.

13

A Kazakh soldier

14

A snake dance in the southern city of Taraz. Kazakhstan has snakes, but not this big.

15

A family birthday celebration

16

Breaking in an untrained horse, a very traditional Kazakh pursuit.

17

A couple on an Altybaqan, a traditional Kazakh swing.

18

Kazakhstan is no exception to the rest of the world: Young men like their cars fast and flashy.