Iran on Sunday hosted a Noruz (Persian New Year) summit attended by the presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, and Iraq.
The summit entitled the International Noruz Festival was attended by other foreign guests including Pakistan's parliament speaker, Oman's foreign minister, India's welfare minister, Kyrgyzstan's culture and information minister, India's union health minister, Zanzibar's vice president, and the ECO secretary general.
The festival was held at Saadabad Palace where Persian artifacts and customs were on display.
The first Noruz festival was held in Tehran on March 27, 2010.
Noruz, which means 'new day' in the Persian language, started on March 21, the first day of spring.
The participants at the festival planted a tree as a symbol of peace and friendship.
Noruz is rooted in the ancient Persian culture and the festivities in Iran last for 13 days.
Noruz was registered on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on September 30, 2009.
The United Nations General Assembly also recognized March 21st as the International Day of Noruz during its sixty-fourth session on Feb. 23, 2010.
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