Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed to the world's nations on the Novruz Holiday.
"As we commemorate this first International Day of Nowruz, I hope countries and people around the world will draw on this festival's history and customs to promote harmony with the natural world and foster global peace and goodwill," the U.N Azerbaijani representation's message that Trend received today says.
He said that the General Assembly's decision this year to recognize the International Day of Novruz is evidence of a growing global awareness of the holiday's significance not only in the regions where it is celebrated but around the world.
"For millennia, when the sun crosses the equator and the northern hemisphere enters Spring, peoples in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions have carried out their own special traditions in celebration of Novruz. These rituals, from repainting homes to visiting friends to preparing symbolic meals, are infused with a spirit of renewal and can inspire not only those conducting them but all people," the message says.
The Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions have celebrated this holiday for centuries. The United Nations added the Novruz holiday to UNESCO's cultural heritage list.
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