EU Envoy for CA Joins Tusaukeser Ceremony During Nauryz Festivities

ASTANA—Terhi Hakala, the European Union’s (EU) Special Representative for Central Asia, was honored to participate in a tusau kesu ceremony (a tradition to celebrate a child’s first attempts to walk) at the invitation of the Kazakh Embassy in Brussels on March 13, the Embassy reported on its X account. Kazakh diplomats and foreign guests performed this ritual on the eve of the Nauryz holiday.

The ceremony was held for little Aisha, who recently turned one year old. Photo credit: Kazakh Embassy in Brussels/X

Tusau kesu is one of the important rituals of the Kazakh people. It symbolizes the beginning of a child’s life journey, and the ceremonial cutting of bonds on the child’s legs is believed to pave the way for a prosperous and bright future.

“Terhi Hakala cut the strings of little Aisha, initiating the child’s first path into a big life.” – Kazakh Embassy in Brussels. Photo credit: X

The ceremony was held for little Aisha, who recently turned one year old. Her parents, Counselor of the Mission of Kazakhstan to the EU, Almas Dissyukov, and his wife Marzhan, chose Hakala to officiate this ceremony.

Hakala cut the strings, marking the beginning of the child’s path into the world.

“May her future be blessed with all good and special things in life,” she wrote on her X account.

Get The Astana Times stories sent directly to you! Sign up via the website or subscribe to our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, YouTube and Tiktok!