Paris, March 23, AZERTAC
Novruz holiday was celebrated at UNESCO headquarters on the initiative of the permanent representations of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Head of Iranian permanent representation to UNESCO Ahmad Jalali spoke of the Novruz holiday. He said Novruz was an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature.
Mr. Jalali noted Novruz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova congratulated the attendees on the occasion, and noted Novruz called the people to unity, friendship and peace.
The attendees, then, heard performances of Indian musicians and tasted cuisines of countries, which celebrate Novruz.