For a day, Almaty returned to its cultural roots, or rather groves. The name 'Almaty' in Kazakh literally translates as 'full of apples,' and at the core of this year's Almaty Day celebration was the Second Annual Festival of Apples.
Celebrated on the third Sunday in September, the city's holiday this year heralded the beginning of autumn and sought to highlight cultural symbols and national art. The festival featured 26 apple growers and vendors on Astana Square, offering over 15 tons of Kazakh apples in every size, shape and flavor.
Festivities also included a variety of cultural exhibits, including a photography exhibition, titled Almaty Beinesi, which showcased the history and development of Almaty architecture. The city also staged a national song contest, a Kazakhstani Idol of sorts for amateur composers and singers.
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