Round table on celebrating Novruz as international holiday
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 18 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva/
RIA Novosti hosted a round table on the celebration of Novruz Holiday as an international holiday, intercultural dialogue in the OSCE territory. During the event, the advisor of the embassy of Kazakhstan chairing the OSCE, Shamil Stenkulov, who congratulated the participants on the upcoming holiday, said that this celebration reinforces the unity of cultures and traditions.
"Kazakhstan is a very tolerant country where the holidays of different religious confessions are celebrated with joy. It is very important now that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on conferring the status of international day to Novruz, this holiday will be celebrated throughout the world," he said.
According Stenkulov, today the principles for promotion of tolerance, which is a cornerstone in the policy of Kazakhstan, are important. According to press secretary of the embassy of Russia in Azerbaijan Angela Matieva, the Russian side is pleased that the UN General Assembly declared March 21 the day of Novruz.
"It is an ancient holiday that embodies a wisdom, tolerance and prosperity. According to its philosophy, Nowruz is able to unite the peoples," said Matieva. According to the press secretary, in Russia Novruz has long been celebrated by many people living in the country. Major role in the celebration of Novruz in Russia is the cultural integration of peoples and their integration into Russia's society, she said.
"Novruz is celebrated are government support, for example, every year on March 21 Novruz celebration is held in Moscow. According to Matieva, big role in the celebration of Novruz belongs to the national diasporas, which contributes to the prompt consolidation of the peoples of Russia's society.
According to the Azerbaijani political analyst Rasim Agayev, the UN resolution has a great humanist meaning. "It is important that the most authoritative organization in the world drew attention to this distinctive holiday," he said. Agayev noted that Shikhali Kurbanov, who died in mid 1960, has played a great role celebration of Novruz at official level in Azerbaijan, who took responsibility for the conduct of this ancient holiday in Azerbaijan.
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