Iran to hold Intl. Nowruz Celebrations
Iran will host senior officials from 20 countries at the International Nowruz Celebrations which have been organized to mark the upcoming Persian New Year.

High-ranking officials from the Persian-speaking states of Tajikistan and Afghanistan will join representatives from the countries that celebrate Nowruz such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Albania, and Turkey.

Iran first organized the International Nowruz Celebrations after the International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

The 2010 edition of the program was also attended by officials from neighboring countries including Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

The second edition of Iran's international Nowruz festivities will be held from March 26-28, 2011, Mehr News Agency reported.

Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.

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