Pakistan joins millions celebrating Nowruz

Nowruz promotes peace and solidarity between generations and within families: First Lady Samina Alvi

Pakistan joined millions of people around the world celebrating Nowruz – a festival that marks the official beginning of spring.

First Lady Samina Arif Alvi attended an event in Islamabad to mark the celebrations of Nowruz on March 27.

Speaking at the event, she said as teh festival contributed to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities, Nowruz fitted closely with UNESCO’s mandate. “This day is the celebration of the intangible heritage of the world. Nowruz promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as fostered reconciliation and neighborliness.”

Nowruz celebrations were organized by the diplomatic community of nine countries in Islamabad including Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Azerbaijan in collaboration with Serena Hotels.

After visiting the colorful stalls set up by embassies of different countries, Begum Samina Alvi said participating countries had given a message of peace. The event also included performances depicting cultures of the region.

“This is the beginning of the new year and a new hope to renew our commitments towards peace and humanity” the president’s wife said. “It includes rituals, ceremonies and cultural events, as well as the enjoyment of a special meal with loved ones.”

Begum Samina said the festivity and celebrations had been restricted due to the surge of COVID-19 pandemic. ” I hope that the process of vaccination will complete soon and we will overcome this disease. We need to be vigilant at this time of crisis. WE observe SoPs, wash our hands, wear a mask and keep physical distance,” she stressed. S

he wished everyone a prosperous and happy Nowruz by saying, “may its spirit of harmony, peace and respect towards humanity serves as inspiration to us all.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aftab Jehangir, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Turkmenistan Atadjan Movlamov and Chief Executive Officer of Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani also attended the event.

What is Nowruz and why it is celebrated?

Nowruz essentially means a new day. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated on any day between March 19 to 22.

It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and 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. It is the national New Year festivity in Iran, Afghanistan, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and Syria, and throughout Central Asia.

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