Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN -- Twelve countries are seeking UNESCO's approval to register a new file on Nowruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.
The final stage in preparing the file was done in Tehran at a four-day meeting, during which representatives of the countries reached a consensus on the file, the deputy director of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, said in a press release.
The file has been jointly prepared by 12 countries in which Nowruz is celebrated annually.
The countries are Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iraq.
Nowruz was once registered on the UNESCO list as a common element from Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan in 2009.
In a meeting held in Tehran in January 2014, the countries agreed to add more countries to the file.
Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iraq were added to the new file as a result.
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