Kahire Büyükelçiliği 24.03.2012
Embassies of Afghanistan,  Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan hosted a five-hour joint reception marking the beginning of spring on the occasion of Nevruz  on 24 March at Aida Hall of Mariott Zamalek. The event was  visited by more than 2500 guests.  Governor of Cairo, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Social solidarity, former Ministers and statesmen, Ambassadors, diplomats, businessmen, artists and press were among the guests. Delicious food from cuisines of Central Asia, Caucasus and Anatolia, TV shows, traditional costumes and colourful decorations demonstrated the plurality and harmony of cultures.  

The word Nevruz is of  Persian origin and  is a combination of the words “ nev” (new) and “ruz” (day), meaning “the new day”.  According to the old Persian calendar,  it is the first day of the year,  and marks  the beginning of the spring, when the sun enters the house of Aries. Nevruz, which goes by various names such as Nowrooz, Nawrouz, Nevruz-i Sultan, Sultan Nevruz and  Navrız, is celebrated according to indigenous traditions and cultural  rituals of countries and regions as a day of revival, rejuvenation, and rebirth by over 300 million people for over 3000 years in the Balkans, Black Sea Basin, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Middle East, and parts of South East Asia.

is a special day for family and friends, for festive meals, for dancing and singing.  It is a day to celebrate the value of mutual respect, and the aspiration for harmony. It is a moment for cleansing and rebirth, an opportunity to renew wishes of peace, prosperity and goodwill.
March 21, has been proclaimed as “International Day of Nowruz” by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of May 10, 2010.

Nowruz is also inscribed in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
as an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature and a cultural traditions observed by numerous peoples.

“At a time of global change and uncertainty, including in many regions where Nowruz is celebrated, the message of peace that lies at the core of this observance is especially important.  

In his address to the guests, Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali stated that; “Although Nevruz is not an Egyptian tradition, Egypt’s civilizational  heritage was very much in line with the sacred values of peace, harmony and rejeuvenation; that the title used to describe Egypt as Ummu Dunya (mother of the world) was a proof of this; and that people of Egypt have gifted to the world the concept of a peaceful revolution; and that the countries and peoples celebrating the day of Nevruz were united in wishing the people of Egypt success in completing their historic process of  transition to democracy peacefully, as they started…”.


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