Uzbekistan, Tashkent, March 19 / Trend D.Azizov /
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Uzbekistan hosted a great event to celebrate the Novruz holiday.
The embassy invited the heads of state institutions, the Uzbek public organizations, representatives of embassies and other foreign missions accredited in Tashkent, as well as the media and activists of the Azerbaijani diaspora to attend the event.
In the run up to the holiday the embassy together with Azerbaijanis businessmen have send 37 holiday gifts to needy Azerbaijani families living in Tashkent, as well as to the Alexandra Khlebushkina orphanage No.22.
Azerbaijani temporary charge d'affaires to Uzbekistan Akif Aliyev opened the event with congratulations. He congratulated the guests who arrived with the advent of the day celebrated by many peoples of the world. He spoke about the history of the Novruz holiday and how the Azerbaijani people sacredly preserved and developed their own traditions in the Soviet regime despite the prohibitions.
He noted the efforts made by the Azerbaijani government for the international recognition of the holiday, as well as that the UN General Assembly recognized March 21 as the International Day of Novruz holiday on Azerbaijan's initiative. The participants listened President Ilham Aliyev congratulatory message to the Azerbaijani people with special attention.
The embassy covered banquet tables with meals of the Azerbaijan national cuisine outside the embassy and decorated it with flowers and bright banners.The musicians performed music devoted to Azerbaijan.
Musician, activist of diaspora Ilham Abdullayev performed Ashig music. Ashig art of the Azerbaijani people was included in the list of intangible heritage of humanity of UNESCO.
The concert program was continued by the songs that were part of the repertoire of Rashid Behbudov, Muslim Magomayev, Shovket Alakbarova, Zeynab Khanlarova, as well as the stars of modern Azerbaijani singers. Local ensemble "Garabag" performed the Azerbaijani and Uzbek folk songs.
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