PayvandNews – Norooz (Nowruz) World Festivity was held in UNESCO headquarters in Paris with Iran’s permanent representative to UNESCO sponsoring the festivity and 12 member countries of Norooz world registration dossier participating in the event.
During the ceremony where many member-states’ ambassadors and representatives were present, the Iranian ambassador, responsible for coordination for Norooz registration in the World List of Intangible Heritage presented a report for setting Jalali Calender in year 1078 AC by scientific efforts and works of great mathematicians and scientists like Omar Khayyam, Abul Mozzafar Esfazari, Najib Wasti, Abdulrahman Khazeni, Abul Abbas Lokari and M’amori Beyhaqi in the city of Isfahan.
He read out a poem from the great Persian poet Maulana Rumi concerning Norooz, which said collective happiness of human beings make the Norooz august for all.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director General Irina Bokova, who is out of France, in a message to the ceremony called this festivity a cause for promoting peace and solidarity among regions and generations.
While violent extremism is trying to demolish diversity and freedom, Norooz reminds us of power of culture and heritage to build sustainable and flexible societies.
In year 2010, the UN General Assembly approved World Day of Norooz.
Representatives from 12 member-states of the Norooz Dossier included Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan Republic, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and India by displaying symbolic elements of Norooz served guests by their own national and local cuisine.
International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
Inscribed in 2009, and extended in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanityas a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature.
It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.