Published on August 29th, 2014
Kazakhstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. (A country is landlocked if it is not next to a sea or ocean. The Caspian and Aral Seas in the region are actually big lakes.)
Athletes from Kazakhstan excel in many sports, including water polo and women’s rugby.
In one traditional sport, a man and woman race each other on horseback. If he wins, he kisses the girl. If she wins, she whips him with a whip.
The leaders of Kazakhstan often talk about making stronger laws about religion. Some leaders want people to go to prison if they have a religious meeting without permission of the government.
The Kazakhstan constitution provides for religious freedom. Kazakhstan Constitution Day, celebrated on August 30, is a public holiday. Soldiers march in parades and the government educates the citizens about the constitution. This week, pray that the leaders will honor the freedoms in their constitution and rule their country fairly.