The first ever Nauryz celebration was held in Luxembourg in early 2019. The celebration was a joint event organised collaboratively by the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), strengthening a history of successful diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

In Kazakhstan and a range of other Asian countries, Nauryz is an annual celebration of the equinox in springtime, representing unity, fertility, abundance and renewal. The event featured performances from the Aktobe-based Akku dance ensemble and the Zhubanov Orchestra of Kazakh Folk Instruments.


The Luxembourg Nauryz event was attended by numerous prominent figures including H.E. Aigul Kuspan, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, along with  Benedikt Sobotka, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Luxembourg and Eurasian Resources Group’s Chief Executive Officer. Partners and employees of ERG and Kazakh diplomats were also in attendance.

Her Excellency Aigul Kuspan commented on the importance of this milestone in the diplomatic relationship history of Luxembourg and Kazakhstan, two nations that are important partners in economics, trade and politics. Kuspan further announced plans to continue fostering this partnership across all areas and expressed her delight that Luxembourg was for the first time hosting a celebration of the ancient Eastern festival.

Benedikt Sobotka also addressed the attendees, talking about the history of ERG’s business in Kazakhstan for a quarter of a century and expressing his hopes that the festival would strengthen cultural links between the two nations.

About Nauryz

The Nauryz holiday is a highly important one in Kazakhstan and is held over a period of several days beginning on the spring equinox on the 21st of March. Literally translated as ‘new day’, Nauryz symbolises friendship, wealth, goodness, love and happiness, and is viewed by Kazakhstani people as a time for forgiveness and renewal.

In Kazakhstan, villages and cities both large and small are transformed for the festival, with felt yurts erected as performance venues. In the cities, there are often major stars performing at Nauryz. Special meals and dishes are prepared and shared throughout the festival and the whole event is finished with firework displays.

About Eurasian Resources Group

As a leading producer of diversified natural resources, ERG is present in 15 countries worldwide, including development projects. Within Kazakhstan, ERG represents one-third of the industry for metals and mining. The Kazakhstan government owns 40% of ERG and the Group has been a pillar of social development and economic growth in the country.