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UNESCO Decision on Nowruz Case Postponed to November

Tehran, Apr. 12 (CHN) - The file presented to UNESCO for registration of Nowruz tradition on the List of Intangible Heritage will be decided upon in November 2005 with a six-month postponement.

The file was submitted to UNESCO by Iran in September 2005 as the representative of ten other countries of the Persian civilization sphere which share the traditional joyous ceremony marking the Persian New Year.

Based on UNESCO convention, if a country wants to present a tradition that it shares with other countries for registration as an intangible heritage, it should submit its file commonly with those countries. Therefore, Iran worked since two years ago to get the consent of Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and India, and the file was finally submitted for registration in September 2004.

It includes a two-hour film on Nowruz, a 10-minute summary of that film, several pictures of ancient Iranian Nowruz, and the necessary documents.

According to director of the cultural department of UNESCO commission in Iran, Fatemeh Farahani, the files are usually studied and judged in May of each year, but this year due to the large number of the submitted files (70 files), the decision is postponed until November.

Since UNESCO has not so far asked for any additional documents for the file, Farahani believes that Nowruz will be registered on the list with no problem.

The presentation of Nowruz by countries sharing the ancient tradition provides them with a good opportunity to develop, expand, and keep alive Nowruz ceremonies, Farahani says. Turkey for example has now announced the first day of Nowruz a national day, and Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan held this year the ceremonies for Nowruz more heartily than ever before.

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