30 AUGUST 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan - Kites and kinship filled the air of Triathlon Park Astana as over 200 Malaysians and Kazakhs gathered together to celebrate Malaysia’s National Day and the Constitution Day of Kazakhstan at the #MyButterflyEffect Kite Flying event here.
Two hundred colourful, butterfly-shaped kites fluttered in the evening skies of Astana during the celebration, which was organised by Malaysia in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Astana. Attendees, both young and young-at-heart, were able to try their hand at kite flying and enjoy a relaxing picnic in the park. There were also vocal and cultural dance performances accompanying the panoramic view.
During his speech, the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Syed Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman thanked the Mayor’s Office of Astana for being excellent hosts to Malaysia during the three months of EXPO 2017. He also commented on how Triathlon Park Astana was a very fitting venue for the joint celebration.
“It is indeed fitting to be here in Triathlon Park, raising our symbols of hope and energy for the future into the sky. The hard work that goes into training for a triathlon and the pride that follows for finishing the race is perhaps a small, but accurate representation of the hard work our nations went through to reach this state of nationhood that both our countries are extremely proud of,” he said.
Malaysia celebrates its National Day on 31 August. Meanwhile, the Constitution Day of Kazakhstan marks the republic’s adoption of the second post-soviet constitution on 30 August 1995.
The Deputy Mayor of Astana, Bekturova Malika Yerlanovno, expressed her gratitude towards Malaysia for being a part of Astana City’s social and cultural life, commenting that the kite flying event was “one of the most spectacular and colourful events in the cultural life of Astana city.”
“Since the beginning of EXPO 2017, Malaysia has played an active role in the life of the city. Particularly, our Malaysian colleagues conducted handicraft workshops for 407 children from 17 schools in Astana for them to experience a new culture. Such events further strengthens the friendship between our people and the development of cooperation between our countries,” she continued.
Manas Zhumashov, 19, from Astana who attended the #MyButterflyEffect Kite Flying event, said “The evening was filled with fun activities, food and music, and it was breathtaking to watch the Astana sky come alive with hundreds of butterflies fluttering above us. I think the joint celebration was a great idea as we were able to learn more about each other’s history and culture.”
The release of “butterflies” at the #MyButterflyEffect Kite Flying event is a symbol of Malaysia’s endeavor to create a Butterfly Effect, a phenomenon coined by mathematician and meteorologist Edward Lorenz that stipulates that a minor change in one part of our planet can have a larger impact in another part of the world.
With an intent to set in motion its very own Butterfly Effect that begins with Green Growth conversations at EXPO 2017 and ultimately result in a world powered by clean energy, Malaysia has committed to add one watt of solar generation for every one social media post on Green Growth with the hashtags #Wattif and #MyButterflyEffect based on the simple question of “Watt If?”
Malaysia at EXPO 2017 is spearheaded by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia and implemented by the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia), supported by its Title Sponsor, Tenaga Nasional Berhad. For more information about Malaysia at EXPO 2017, visit http://www.greenfuturemalaysia.com or www.facebook.com/EXPO17Malaysia