Heads of UNESCO National Commissions to Finalize Norouz File
By Maryam Tabeshian
Tehran, 13 December
2006 (CHN) -- With the completion of Norouz dossier for world registration in UNESCO’s
list of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, directors of UNESCO national
commissions in Caspian Sea regional countries and Iran’s southeastern neighbors
will come to Tehran next year in April for a final review of the file.
Heads of UNESCO’s national commissions in ten countries
sharing the Norouz tradition will get together in Tehran in April 2007 for a
final review of Norouz file to be sent to UNESCO for inscription in World
Intangible Heritage list.
Norouz table known as Haft Seen
Announcing this news during a meeting with Kazakhstan’s
ambassador in Iran, director of the Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Dr. Taha Hashemi stressed the importance of an
all inclusive effort on the part of the countries sharing the tradition of
Norouz celebration in registration of this old tradition.
Norouz, or the traditional Persian New Year ceremony, is
celebrated each year on the vernal equinox, March 21st, by countries
of the Persian origin. The tradition has its roots in Zoroastrian Persia.
Norouz dossier had previously been turned down by UNESCO due
to its incomprehensiveness and the international organization demanded Iran, as
the country in charge of Norouz registration on behalf of the other nine
countries which share this tradition, to present more documents and resubmit the
According to Hashemi, the meeting will be held next year with
the attendance of heads of UNESCO national commissions and experts in charge of
compiling Norouz dossier from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to finalize the
dossier before sending it to UNESCO for a second time.
During his meeting with Kyrgyz ambassador, director of ICHTO
Research center also proposed expansion of cultural ties and cooperation between
the two countries especially in the areas of archeology, anthropology,
restoration of historic objects, handicrafts, and tourism affairs. He also
announced Iran’s readiness to launch joint initiatives with Kyrgyz
anthropologists to conduct research in this area.
Avaz Beig, Kyrgyz ambassador in Tehran, also announced his
country’s willingness to cooperate with Iran in the areas of cultural heritage
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