Nowruz, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity says UNESCO & UN

United Nations (UN) declares March 21 as the International day of Nowruz.

Nowruz was introduced into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 30 September 2009.

A large number of Shiah Muslims including the Ismaili Muslims who follow the Aga Khan celebrate it. The UN had declared March 21 as the International day of Navroze. A more cultural than a religious festival, Navroze is celebrated by Parsis, and Muslims.

via Parsis, those sharing Persian origin celebrate Navroze

Iran: Nowruz 2010 philatelic issue (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)
Iran: Nowruz 2010 philatelic issue (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)

Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz marks the New Year and the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area … Children are the primary beneficiaries of the festivities.

During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

via UNESCO – Culture – Intangible Heritage

Iran: Nowruz 2011 philatelic issue: 7 symbolic hexagon stamps depicting the different constituents of Rozi. (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)
Iran: Nowruz 2011 philatelic issue: 7 symbolic hexagon stamps depicting the different constituents of Rozi. (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)

The [UN] General Assembly this afternoon [2010-02-23] recognized the International Day of Nowruz, a spring festival of Persian origin … According to the preamble of the resolution on the International Day – Nowruz, which means new day, is celebrated on 21 March, the day of the vernal equinox, by more than 300 million people worldwide as the beginning of the new year.  It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

The Assembly called on Member States that celebrate the festival to study its history and traditions with a view to disseminating that knowledge among the international community and organizing annual commemoration events.

Welcoming the inclusion of Nowruz into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 30 September 2009, the text notes the festival’s “affirmation of life in harmony with nature, the awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal and the solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life”.

The text was introduced by Azerbaijan’s representative, who said that, as a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world with themes important to all humanity, Nowruz encouraged intercultural dialogue and understanding.  Speaking after the Assembly took action on the draft, the representative of Iran marked its adoption by quoting lines of the Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi that expressed the holiday’s theme of rebirth “on our planet and in our souls”.

via UN General Assembly GA/10916 – 64 General Assembly Plenary 71st Meeting (PM) on 23 February 2010

Earlier & Related from the Ismailimail Archives: Navroz

 

Premier Kathleen Wynne celebrated Nowruz at the Ismaili Centre in Toronto - More photos: Ontario Liberal Party Caucus   Previously on Ismailimail…
Google Doodle Celebrates Nowruz | Time.com Google Doodle Celebrates Nowruz | Time.com - Mar 21, 2017: With a Doodle that featured fluttering butterflies and bees buzzing around tulips…
For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home | NPR For Afghan Immigrants, Nowruz Celebrations Of Spring Are A Taste Of Home | NPR - March 21, 2017: If you saw any people leaping over fires, grilling fragrant kebabs or…
United Nations celebrate Nowruz - Secretary-General's remarks (refers to poet Nasir-i Khusraw) United Nations celebrate Nowruz – Secretary-General’s remarks (refers to poet Nasir-i Khusraw) - 21 March 2017: Secretary-General’s remarks at Nowruz Celebration [as delivered] Happy Nowruz to everyone! I…
"Happy Nowruz!" | Rona Ambrose | Conservative Party of Canada “Happy Nowruz!” | Rona Ambrose | Conservative Party of Canada - Today, we gather to celebrate Nowruz, the beginning of the New Year in the Persian…
Hope and New Beginning Hope and New Beginning - On the auspicious occasion of Navroz, iKaP Club (Ismaili Kids and Parents Club) is pleased…
"ALLAH" (Hamd) by Kamal Haji & the Houston Southwest Ismaili Band “ALLAH” (Hamd) by Kamal Haji & the Houston Southwest Ismaili Band - On the auspicious occasion of Navroz Mubarak, Kamal Haji and the Houston Southwest Ismaili Band…
Aussie’s celebrate Navroz with Cricket and Biryani - Jacob K, March 20, 2017: For Navroz 2017 in Melbourne, us Aussie’s did what we…
Canadian PM Trudeau recognizes Ismaili contribution as he celebrates Nowruz with Canadians Canadian PM Trudeau recognizes Ismaili contribution as he celebrates Nowruz with Canadians - Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Nowruz Ottawa, Ontario March 20, 2017 The…
Navroz Poem - Zafeera Kassam: Spring of My Soul's Winter Navroz Poem – Zafeera Kassam: Spring of My Soul’s Winter - SPRING OF MY SOUL’S WINTER   O Mowla! O Khudavind! Our souls – as if…
Rukhsana Karmali: Navroz Mubarak from Kampala, Uganda Rukhsana Karmali: Navroz Mubarak from Kampala, Uganda - A group of friends in Kampala got together to show their love and yearning for…
Plan your Navroz Celebrations with great ideas from Aga Khan Museum Plan your Navroz Celebrations with great ideas from Aga Khan Museum - Chef John Kovac and Ghazaleh Rabiei from the Aga Khan Museum tell us about traditional…
Ginan: Navroz naa din sohaamnnaa - On the glorious day of Navroz Ginan: Navroz naa din sohaamnnaa – On the glorious day of Navroz - Navruz in Persian means a new day. In the Persian calendar it is the New…
Aga Khan Music Initiative: Kyrgyz-Tajik friendship festival and Navruz celebration in Batken Aga Khan Music Initiative: Kyrgyz-Tajik friendship festival and Navruz celebration in Batken - Musicians from Khujand present Tajik music instruments to the Diplomatic Representative of AKDN in Kyrgyzstan, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Kyrgyzstan and the Governor of Batken
Kamal Taj & Young Ismaili Chorus Group performs at Darkhana Social Hall, Dar Es Salaam for Nav'roz Celebrations Kamal Taj & Young Ismaili Chorus Group performs at Darkhana Social Hall, Dar Es Salaam for Nav’roz Celebrations - March 25, 2016 – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: As part of Navroz celebrations, Ismaili Tariqah…
Letter from the UK Prime Minister to the Ismaili Community on the occasion of Navroz Letter from the UK Prime Minister to the Ismaili Community on the occasion of Navroz - "On this special occasion I send my warmest wishes to the Nizari Ismaili community here in Britain and worldwide."
Poem by Zayaan Dadwani, 7 years old: What Navroz means to me Poem by Zayaan Dadwani, 7: What Navroz means to me - Zayaan Dadwani is seven years old, first grader from Glenview, Illinois.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s