Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 21 / Trend S.Agayeva /
OSCE formally approved March 21 as the International Day of Novruz.
Following the UN, other authoritative organization- OSCE- approved March 21 as a holiday in its calendar, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to OSCE Fuad Ismayilov told Trend.
The U.N. gave an international holiday status to the Novruz holiday Feb.24, 2010. Based on the UN resolution, UN recognizes March 21 as the International Day of Novruz and calls upon Member States to make efforts to spread information about this ancient celebration.
Earlier, U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed statement to the world's nations on the Novruz Holiday.
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, he said.
Previously, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry prepared a relevant draft resolution for recognition of the Novruz holiday as the international holiday by the UN General Assembly and submitted it to the Azerbaijani Permanent Mission to UN for further harmonization of it with other countries and ensuring its adoption at UN.
Novruz is the brightest and most joyful holiday of all the national holidays of many Eastern nations.
The purpose of this holiday is to revive the folk tradition - coming of the New Year. The days are getting longer beginning from March 21- the vernal equinox day.
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