President Hassan Rouhani in separate messages to heads of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Uzbekistan congratulated the arrival of Norouz, the New Day festival, commencing at the beginning of the spring.
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.
Dossier for Norouz put forward by 12 countries will be proposed at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for registration on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2.
Takht-e Jamshid, or Persepolis, in the southern province of Fars was the most-visited tourist site during the Norouz (start of the new Iranian year) holidays ― March 20-April 1― attracting over 456,000 tourists, said a senior official of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO).
Three Iranian cities which are the most ingenious in providing services to tourists will be announced during Norouz (March 20-April 1 , 2016), which marks the beginning of the Iranian New Year, said Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar.
He added that the criteria for selecting the best cities would soon be made known.
Norouz and the art of baking flatbreads will be considered for registration on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2016 with the inclusion of five additional states as proponents of the registration.
Persian movie 'Iran Burger', directed by Massoud Jafari-Jozani, earned over $420,000 in box office sales during Norouz (the Iranian New Year) festival (March 21-April 2) setting a record among films selected for Norouz screening.