Амал (Amal) is a general term or a concept that describes unstable spring weather patterns. Within Amal there are a few events that have names of their own:
- Қазбек наурызы (Khazbek Nauryzy) literally means Khazbek's new year. It takes place on February 23rd and is similar to Groundhog Day in the US. It is thought that if on this day a mouse will stick its head out of its borrow and will go right back in, then the worst of the winter is not over yet.
- Наурыздың ақша қары (Nauryzdyng akhsha khary) means the white snow of Nauryz. This is a cold snap around March 10-15 when it might be snowing lightly.
- Отамалы (Otamaly) literally translates as intertillage - times of extremely unstable weather around March 22-27. Legend says that a shepherd by the name Otamaly, fooled by the warm weather, despite having received warnings, took his herd to far away pastures and paid the price as the weather changed suddenly and all of the pregnant sheep in his herd miscarried.
- Бесқонақ (Beskhonakh) or "five guests". A few cold and windy days between April 10th and 20th. Legend has it that five careless guests, fooled by a prolonged period of warm weather, decided that the spring had arrived and went to visit relatives. The weather changed and each day one of the travelers died of exposure until they all perished.... So don't be fooled by the warm weather, be prepared for Beskhonakh!
- Құралай (Khuralai) "Saiga foal". Windy weather between May 19 and 21. Around this time of year female Saigas come together in mass to give birth. It is believed that the wind comes to help them with the birthing process. The belief is that the only way Saigas can give birth is if they run against the wind, exhausting themselves.