International Day of Nowruz

I hope that people around the world will celebrate this day. And even in times of crisis, turmoil and changes that are taking place, in particular, and in the very regions where the tradition of celebrating the holiday, the spirit of Nowruz prevail!
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

International Day of Nowruz (International Day of Nowruz) is celebrated since 2010. On the proposal to introduce a new date in the calendar of the United Nations by the governments of several countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey. February 23 The General Assembly adopted the initiative of these countries and cemented March 21 international holiday — Day of Nowruz.

Nowruz — New Year holiday in a number of peoples of Eurasia, it also marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. The origin of the holiday is rooted in the pre-literate era of human history.

According to ancient custom, on the eve of Nowruz people need to clean up in their homes, to restore order in the yards and gardens, pay off debt. On the festive table usually spread round cakes of wheat, barley, millet, corn and other cereals. In Nowruz taken to prepare dishes of seven products (mainly of plant origin).

In 2009, Nowruz was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The UN believes that the festival promotes the values ??of peace and solidarity within and between generations and within the family, as well as reconciliation and neighborliness.