Iran, Turkmenistan hold joint Nowruz rituals

IRNA – Iran-Turkmenistan first joint Nowruz rituals was held with the attendance of Iranian and Turkmen vice presidents in Bajgiran border crossing.

Razavi Khorasan governor Alireza Razm Hosseini together with Iranian and Turkmen senior cultural officials also participated in the event.

Addressing the meeting, Vice President and Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) Ali Asghar Munesan said the celebration is harbinger of peace and friendship.

He added the common border is nothing but culture and civilization which connects hearts in every single points from to India to Iran and from Turkmenistan to Albania.

Appreciating Turkmen people and government and also Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow for holding the event, he said Nowruz conveys the message of friendship, altruism, hope and attempts for flourishing.

Munesan also praised the attempts made by Iranian and Turkmen governments to develop bilateral ties and exchange of cultural delegations and expressed hope for developing good neighborliness and tourism among countries celebrating Nowruz.

Nowruz (meaning new day in Persian) marks the first day of spring.

The Persian New Year is celebrated across the world by various countries, particularly Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, countries falling within the Former Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

It was registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 by the UN.

The celebration has so far been held in many countries like Russia, Belarus, Netherlands, Ecuador and Hungary and also in the United Nations.