Fars News Agency :: UN Celebrates Int’l Day of Nowrouz

Posted: March 22, 2012 in Health, History, Language, Politics, Region, Religion, Tajikistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The United Nations Organization held a ceremony at its Headquarters in New York to mark the International Day of Nowrouz.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from 11 Persian-language speaking countries, ambassadors along with diplomats from other member states.

Representatives from Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan in speeches delivered to the ceremony highlighted the longstanding event of Nowrouz.

Nowrouz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowrouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

For Iranians, Nowrouz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.

Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter ‘S’; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Serkeh (vinegar) and Somaq (sumac).

via Fars News Agency :: UN Celebrates Int’l Day of Nowrouz.

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