I congratulate Orthodox Christians and all Kazakhstanis on Christmas, this great holiday!
All religions calling people for good and mercy, compassion and love are equally respected in Kazakhstan. It is notable that Christmas Day and Kurban Ait are days off in our country.
The Christianity is one of the large confessions in Kazakhstan. The Russian Orthodoxy Church makes great contribution to strengthening of peace and accord in our society, development of the dialogue between the state and religious associations, takes active part in conduction of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. All these deserve profound respect. In conjunction with representatives of other confessions, the orthodox clergy and the laity increase the wealth of Kazakhstan, improve the morality and tolerance in our society.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will visit Kazakhstan in few days on my invitation. He will bless a new cathedral in Astana. I am confident that this visit will be a great event in the history of Kazakhstan.
Christmas brings happiness into families of millions of people. It is a time of charity and mercy, sincere concern for all those who need help and care. Let this holiday bring to Kazakhstanis the warmth of love and friendship, the light of high spirituality.
I wish you all a happy Christmas! I wish you, my dear compatriots, good health, peace and welfare!