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Iranian New Year of Noruz Celebrated in China and Tajikistan



Friday 23 March 2001



Tehran -- Celebrations were held over the past few days to mark Norooz in China and Tajikistan. The ceremonies, marking advent of the new Iranian year, was held at Beijing's Sheraton Hotel, where Iranians residing in Beijing and other cities of China as well as representatives from a number of countries which observe Norooz, Chinese Persian language students and a number of foreign reporters were present.

Iran's Ambassador to China Hossein Mala'ek congratulated the audience on the occasion and thanked representatives of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Aran (Republic of Azerbaijan), Turkey and Afghanistan for attending the ceremony. The representatives took turns to extend Norooz greetings to others.

Music and stage performances and songs were among other programs at the ceremonies.   Meanwhile, in Tajikistan, on the first and second days of Farvardin, the first month of the new year, people gathered in squares and parks to watch shows by artists who wore traditional clothes and sang songs to welcome the spring season.

The main streets of the city were crowded with people who held branches of flowers and wore new, colorful clothes. Despite the influence of foreign culture, Tajik people give special importance to their Iranian rituals and costumes. A seminar was held in Kulab on Norooz in Tajikistan, where Governor General of Iran's Hamedan Province Ali Jaberian and his entourage were present. Schools and universities are closed in Tajikstan during Norooz.


Source: IRNA

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