18 June in 2008 at the next plenary session of the Majilis (lower chamber of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan) made by the deputies approved the committee on social and cultural development of the draft law "On amendments to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan" On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan»».
The draft law provides for the establishment July 6 of the new national holiday — the Day of the capital.
«Festival will have historical and cultural significance to the people and be a symbol of the achievements of the Republic of Kazakhstan", — stated in the conclusion of the profile committee of the House.
Former names Astana: Akmola — 1830 — 1961, Tzelinograd — 1961-1992 years Akmola — 1992-1998 year. on May 6 in 1998, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed decree to rename the capital of the Republic of Akmola to Astana.
In Astana, the main events are celebrations of the Day of the capital of Kazakhstan. They, in particular, are confined to birthday of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Every year, the Day of the capital to Astana opens many new complexes and various monuments, in 2007, opened a monument to legendary commander Kazakh, Almaty. Monument to the height of more than 11 meters in the celebration of the capital's deputy mayor of the city Ermek Amanshayev.
Evening, in Astana are mass celebrations and festive carnival procession, a gala concert in the main square of the capital. It is usually attended by the heads of state Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on June 2 in 1998, in honor of the launch of the new capital of Kazakhstan, established a medal «Astana».
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Astana was founded Jubilee Medal "10 Years of Astana". One of the first who was awarded the medal, were veterans of the Great Patriotic War.