March 23, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu says Nowruz highlights the significance of strengthening unity among Muslim people across the world, Iranian Television PRESS TV Channel reported on Wednesday.
The OIC chief has extended his sincere congratulations and greetings to the people of the world, particularly those celebrating the happy occasion of Nowruz and the new Iranian calendar year of 1390.
“Nowruz, as a custom that carries with it historical importance and cultural significance since ancient times, reminds us of the need for unity and solidarity in celebrating our festivities and cherish our civil heritage,” he said in his message.
“On the same occasion, our brothers and sisters in some of the OIC member states observe the beginning of the new solar year based on the migration of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) from (the Saudi holy city of) Mecca to Medina,” he added.
Ihsanoglu prayed to God Almighty to grant Muslim people “many happy returns of this festival when they have restored their distinguished position among other world nations, and have achieved the peace, progress, success and prosperity it aspires.”
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.
The first day of spring and the renewal of nature, Nowruz, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
Nowruz is an ancestral festivity that 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 different peoples and communities. (*)