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Azeri and Turkish Diasporas urge Obama to add Turkish peoples in Novruz congratulation message

04 March 2011 [09:56] - TODAY.AZ
Azerbaijani and Turkish Diasporas have embarked on a new campaign by sending hundreds of letters urging US President Barack Obama to mention Turkish peoples in his Novruz congratulatory message.

The letter in particular says:

"Meanwhile, all Turkic people from Caucasus to Central Asia and beyond celebrate Nowruz and the coming of the Spring - a wonderful tradition going back several millenniums. Novruz (Nevruz) generally falls around March 21, corresponding to the vernal equinox, when the day and night are of equal length. Novruz is an official holiday in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Other Turkic peoples such as Uyghurs, Yakuts, Karakalpaks, Volga or Kazan Tatars, Bashkirs and Crimean Tatars also participate in spring celebrations.

However, in subsequent years Azerbaijan, Turkey and other Turkic nations were left out, this ancient holiday was targeted only at Iran and the Persian-American community.
We urge President Obama to mention Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani-Americans, Turkey and Turkish-Americans, and all Turkic-Americans in the annual Presidential message on Nowruz celebrations, because for some reason we were left out in the 2006-2010 addresses. May this ancient, peaceful and fun tradition bring all people closer, increase dialog between civilizations, promote mutual understanding and cultural diversity"


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