Iran, UNESCO, Norouz Celebration, tour for journalists and travel writer

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The ancient celebration of Nowrouz was registered on UNESCO+s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in May, 2009.

Nowruz, literally meaning “New Day”, is the start of the Iranian New Year, marking the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere on March 21st.

Iran+s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization aims to invite international journalists and travel writers to cover event, presstv.com reported.

New Year traditions are widely observed as the main festival of the year in a number of Central Asian countries that have been deeply influenced by ancient Iranian tradition.

Nowruz celebrates the first day of spring on the solar calendar and is 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 to pay their respects to senior family members.

Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter “S” — Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanoo (A traditional pudding made of sprouted wheat kernels), Senjed (Jujube), Seeb (Apple), Seer (Garlic), Sumac and Serkeh (vinegar).

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