The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began around May 15-16 depending on the country, will come to an end at sundown on the evening of June 14 or June 15, depending on the moon. During this time, operations in Muslim-majority areas of Kazakhstan may come to a virtual standstill as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends. Eid al-Fitr celebrations are likely to have a major impact on many businesses, stock exchanges, and public services, which may be unavailable or operating on a reduced schedule. Festivities (and disruptions) could continue into Sunday, June 17. As this period is typically marked by increased travel, heavy road traffic after sundown along with other transportation disruptions (crowded airports, etc.) is to be anticipated.
Kazakhstan's largest ethnic groups are Muslim (70 percent) and Christians (26 percent).
Eid al-Fitr celebrates the conclusion of a month of dawn-to-sunset fasting and remains one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar.
Individuals in Kazakhstan are advised to allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings.
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