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Azerbaijani-American Council welcomes the recongnition of International day of Nowruz

24 February 2010 [07:53] - TODAY.AZ
On February 18, 2010, upon the initiative of Azerbaijani representation, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution recognizing March 21st as the International Day of Nowruz. Prior to its adoption at the 64th Session of UNGA, the draft resolution titled the "International Day Nowruz" was revised by the UN member states Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

In September 2009, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has also included Nowruz into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

AAC welcomes the UNGA decision to declare Nowruz as a part of international heritage. Widely marked in Azerbaijan as the Holiday of Spring, Nowruz was also celebrated for centuries by diverse nations spread from the Middle East and Anatolia to Central Asia.

The decision of an authoritative international body, such as the UNGA, would prevent further misattribution of Nowruz to any one nation or culture, making part of a global human heritage. We look forward to celebration of the upcoming March 21, 2010 as the first International Nowruz Day.


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