Heavenly Nowruz Celebration in ECI

Heavenly Nowruz Celebration in ECI
As spring unfurls its vibrant colors, symbolizing rebirth and nature’s awakening, the ECO Cultural Institute hosted the grand Heavenly Nowruz Celebration, coinciding with the blessed month of Ramadan—a time of spiritual feasting and reflecti On March 10, 2024, the International Conference Hall of the ECO Cultural Institute was abuzz with dignitaries and scholars as they gathered for a momentous occasion.
 Among the esteemed guests were high-ranking diplomats from the ECO region, including His Excellency Dr. Khusrav Noziri, the Honorable Secretary General of ECO; Dr. Huseyin Avni Bicakli, Deputy Secretary General of ECO; and His Excellency Mr. Nizomiddin Zohidi, the Distinguished Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Iran. Additionally, other diplomats from the ECO Secretariat graced the event, alongside select members of the Cultural Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran, Iranian officials, university professors, and scholars from art and cultural institutes.
His Excellency Dr. Saad S. Khan, the Honorable President of the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI), graced the stage as the first speaker during this momentous cultural event. In his address, he eloquently invoked the spirit of spring—a season of rebirth and regrowth—by celebrating Nowruz, the ancient Persian New Year.
Dr. Khan emphasized that:" Nowruz is the happiest and most lasting celebration. History proved that Nowruz never lost its originality with the passage of time and was able to go through thousands of ups and downs and until now this six thousand year old child is still wearing a new shirt."
" Nowruz is a celebration of new outlook, new thinking, sacrifice, and forgiveness. During Nowruz, the people of ECO region wear the best clothes and wish the best for each other.”  He added.
In a poignant plea for the future, Mr. Saad Khan expressed his hope that the coming New Year will witness an end to the scourge of cruel killings—a fervent desire for peace and compassion to prevail across the globe.
Among the distinguished speakers at this ceremony was the Secretary General of the ECO. Commencing his address, he graciously extended gratitude to Mr. Saad S. Khan, the ECI President, for orchestrating this celebratory event—a gathering designed to fortify solidarity among the peoples of the ECO region.
Dr. Khusrav Noziri, in his speech, delved into the ancient tapestry of Nowruz. He traced its threads through time, connecting it to venerable works, writings, and enduring traditions. This sacred celebration, he asserted, transcends borders, becoming a cross-border phenomenon with far-reaching consequences. Nowruz, like a celestial bridge, weaves unity, friendship, benevolence, and service to humanity into its very fabric.
The global significance of Nowruz is underscored by its recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009. Furthermore, the United Nations General Assembly designated it as the International Day of Nowruz in 2010. These accolades affirm its universal importance and its role in fostering peace, understanding, and goodwill across cultures and nations.
Later at the ceremony, Mr. Zohidi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan in Iran, delivered a speech. As he recited Hafez’s poems, he expressed his heartfelt wish that the hearts of the people in the ECO region would be illuminated during Nowruz. Mr. Zohidi emphasized that the countries within this region have a moral right to take pride in Nowruz, a tradition that spans six thousand years.
He attributed the longevity of Nowruz to its deep connection with the natural world, its chronology, and its evolution. According to him, humanity thrives alongside nature’s changes, and Nowruz symbolizes the enduring hope for a better life. In closing, Ambassador Zahedi shared insights into the traditions of his country, particularly those related to Nowruz celebrations. Among these traditions, he highlighted the establishment of Nowruzgah in various parts of Tajikistan.
Mr. Seyyed Komail Tayebi, President of the ECO Science Foundation extended warm congratulations to the countries celebrating Nowruz through a video message. In his address, he highlighted the positive impact of Nowruz celebrations, emphasizing the cherished tradition of gathering with family and relatives around the Haft Sin table. 
The event featured additional engaging programs, including captivating performances of traditional music and spirited playing by Sorna and Dohol instruments. 
The ECO Cultural Institute once again congratulates all the people of ECO region and wishes them all a happy New Year.






Mar 10, 2024 15:40
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