News ID: 172956
Published: 0635 GMT November 30, 2016

UNESCO registers Norouz

UNESCO registers Norouz

Norouz — the traditional Iranian festival marking the beginning of spring — was registered on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List on Wednesday, announced the head of the Registration Office of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Farhad Nazari.

According to ISNA, Norouz was inscribed on the UNESCO list on the third day of the 11th Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2.

Following the inscription, ICHHTO's Deputy Head Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, began his address to the session by reciting a poem by the great 14th Century Iranian poet Hafez which stated: "Norouz is the manifestation of wisdom, moderation, and hope for life."

Iranian Ambassador to UNESCO Ahmad Jalali, who headed the Iranian delegation at the global conference on the Intangible Cultural Heritage, delivered a lecture on the significance of Norouz and the message it conveys to humanity.

Representatives of Kazakhstan and India hailed Iran's lead in registering Norouz which was supported by 14 countries.

UNESCO recognized Norouz as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on September 30, 2009, based on an initiative undertaken by Iran, India, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Turkey.

In 2014, five other countries: Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan asked to join the project which resulted in a review of the case and resubmission of the proposal to UNESCO.

Norouz is celebrated in Iran, Albania, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan Republic, China (by Turkic peoples and Tajiks), Georgia, India (by Parsis), Iraq (by Kurds and Turkmens), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria (by Kurds), Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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