Hi everybody! I'm so pleased with all your comments! Thank you! That's also so unexpected to meet my countrymen here! More excited was to hear from Vadim from St.-Petersburg, who's Zhezkazgan-born like me!! Actually I'm trying to be in touch with all my friends from Zhezkazgan who live in different countries now.
I'm going to tell about feasts we normally celebrate in my family in a nutshell. At first, I must say that it's really complicated question what nationality I more belong to as everything became quite "mixed" - traditions, cuisines, the way of living etc. I'm just trying to take all the best things from every culture. As to celebrating, we have three New Years in a year :). On 31 December we celebrate European New Year like most of people around the world, in the middle of February - Korean, and on 22 March - Kazakh "Nauryz" as we live in Kazakhstan and really love the way it is held.
Actually, people in our country adore different sorts of events - national holidays, wedding and birthday parties. In short, as many nationalities you have in your family as many feasts you can celebrate. (If your family contained all 150 nationalities living in Kazakhstan, the celebration would never stop :))). And that's very funny, I must say!
Back to my family, we celebrate Christian Easter as my mum is half-Ukrainian. As Korean we allowed to celebrate birthday only twice in our lives: when we turn one and sixty years old. BUT! Don't worry; we do it every year like common people, though my grandfather never did. The dishes we serve during the celebration are also "mixed". For example, my dad, who as you already know is half-Korean, cooks Kazakh national dish "beshbarmack" with some alterations, he adds a lot of Korean spices and red onion.
And vice versa my mum adds potato to Korean soup which is quite unusual, I must confess.
I promise to give more description to "Nauryz" as it's a really important and fascinating event. And I'd love to cook one of our family "mixed" dishes in my kitchen and publish a "photo-report" for you, my friends :) Oops! Have to go now as its 2 am in Almaty.
Yours, Marina the Pocahontas :)