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ECO Cultural Institute celebrates Norouz in Tehran

Gisoo Misha Ahmadi
Press TV, Tehran

In Tehran, a celebration dubbed “Norouz, an Occasion for Solidarity” has been held in the Economic Cooperation Organization Cultural Institute to mark the arrival of Spring and the Persian New Year. 

An impressive handicraft exhibition and a huge Haft-sin Table greeted a handful of diplomats who gathered at the ECO cultural Institute in Tehran to celebrate “Norouz”, the beginning of the New Year on the Iranian calendar: An occasion that falls on the 21st of March and is considered the beginning of spring and the rebirth of nature.

That is probably why ECO member states believes it can be an opportunity to promote solidarity and friendship among nations and therefore like to celebrate it with representatives of other countries.

The ECO Cultural Institute in Tehran holds a similar celebration every year, right before Norouz. All diplomatic missions are invited to learn more about this significant cultural occasion that ECO members states share. And this year a handicraft exhibition on the sidelines made it even more special.

Norouz which literally means “New Day” has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. Today the occasion is marked by more than 300 million people around the world specifically in the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Norouz was designated an international day by the UN General Assembly in 2010, and was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Through different rituals and related customs “Norouz” promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness.

The most prominent tradition is to set the haft seen table: an arrangement of seven symbolic items that start with the sound “s” and represent nature.

The annual observance of Norouz is a wonderful opportunity for people to join together to celebrate cultural diversity, dialogue and mutual respect and promotes harmony with nature.

Norouz plays a significant role in strengthening the ties among people based on the ideals of peace and good neighborliness. Its traditions and rituals reflect the rich culture of ancient civilizations.

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