Kabul, March 6, IRNA -- The transitional Afghan government's cabinet appointed here on Wednesday a special commission to arrange for the traditional Norouz (New Year) celebrations.
The move was the first step taken by President Karzai's cabinet to commemorate Norouz as prestigiously as possible during the current year.
An Afghan government official told IRNA in Kabul, "The Afghan government and nation have left behind 23 dark year of despotism and war and are arranging for a very happy New Year celebration, that will hopefully change the gloomy attitude of the majority of our nation into a cheerful mood."
Recalling the enmity of the Stone Age Taliban militants with the Norouz celebrations, as well as other traditions of the Afghan culture, he added, "the interim government is determined to revive all noble Afghan traditions, including the ancient Norouz celebrations that we have inherited from our ancestors, and kept it alive generation after generation."
The Afghan nation, as well as the Iranians, the Tajiks, the Turkmen, and many other peoples of the region have for many centuries paid special attention to Norouz celebrations, arranging for which takes them often at least a few weeks.
The first session of the Afghan government's Special Commission to Arrange for Norouz Celebrations, headed by the cultural deputy of the Ministry of Culture and Information, Gholam Rasoul Yousofzy, was held here on Wednesday.
During the said session all other Afghan ministries and government branches were urged to take up certain tasks in order to help the said commission to arrange for a most cheerful New Year celebrations.
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