President Rouhani Sends Congratulatory Messages to Regional Counterparts on Nowruz
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in separate messages to his counterparts in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan extended his felicitations on Nowruz, the start of the Persian New Year.
In his messages, President Rouhani referred to coronavirus pandemic and the economic and social challenges in the world, expressing the hope that interactions among countries would increase and coronavirus would be controlled.
He also wished happiness and health for the people of all these countries.
Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar (this year to start on March 21), is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.
For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.
Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter 'S'; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Serkeh (vinegar) and Somaq (sumac).