Regional heads to attend Iran's Nowruz Festival

24 Mar

A Haft Seen set

IRAN, March 24, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Iraq will take part in an international Nowruz festival hosted by Iran, Press TV Channel reported.

Kyrgyz deputy prime minister, Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah will also attend the event, scheduled to be held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on March 27 and 28, said an official in charge of the festival, quoted by IRNA on Thursday.

The official, Mohammad Reza Forqani, added that the participating dignitaries would also meet with Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The leaders from Iran’s neighboring countries will also deliver speeches about Nowruz and issue a statement at the end of the event, Forqani said.

He said Iran’s mission to the United Nations would also hold a special ceremony, in cooperation with Tajikistan and Afghanistan, on the occasion of Nowruz and the new Iranian calendar year.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

During Nowruz, Iranians set Haft Seens as an expression of their traditional, spiritual, and social values.

Haft Seen is a table containing seven items starting with the phonemic Farsi equivalent of the English letter ‘S’ or ‘Seen.’ Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Somagh (sumac), and Sekeh (coin), are among items that begin with the Farsi letter Seen.

The items are believed to bring health, love, beauty and fertility in the coming year.   (*)
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