Organized by the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and in cooperation with Tehran Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, “Norouz World, Traditions and Rituals” was held in Kooshk-e Bagh-e Honar (Palace-Garden of Arts) in Tehran to celebrate Norouz.

Norouz is the Persian-language term for the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year.

Millions of people around the world celebrate Norouz, which marks the official beginning of spring.

Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Norouz 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 neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities, writes.

Norouz is mainly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey, as well as by Parsis in India and the diaspora communities around the world.

The Monday ceremony in Tehran was attended by Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO Hojatollah Ayoubi, Head of the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) Sarvar Bakhti, and a number of ambassadors from regional countries and ECO members including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as a number of mayors and governors from across the country.

An exhibition of local clothes of the countries of the region and sweets used in Norouz ceremonies in these countries, a photo exhibition, as well as Norouz ceremonies and rituals of these countries were among the programs.

Source: Iran Daily