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Noruz registerd as cultural heritage

Tehran, March 17, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Noruz is symbol of unity among all peace-loving and justice-seeking people. He made the remark in a ceremony to register Noruz as a cultural heritage.

Noruz which falls on spring equinox is celebrated in Iran as national festivity since Persian Empire 3,000 years ago.

There is no sign of oppression or violation throughout the Iranian history, the president said, adding that the Iranian nation has been the harbinger of all good things including, justice and love for all mankind.

Concurrence of beginning of spring and the advent of Noruz reminds the truth that after all darkness, oppression, and hardship, there will be ultimate brightness and goodness, the president noted.

Prior to the president's remarks, head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei briefed audience on the characteristics of Noruz.

He added that Noruz consolidates national unity and Islamic solidarity.

At the end of the ceremony, ambassadors from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, India, Turkey, and Pakistan as well as representative of secretary-general of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) congratulated President Ahmadinejad on registering Noruz as a national heritage.

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