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UNESCO To Register National Iranian New Year of Norouz as Global Heritage



Saturday, 26 May 2001


BUSHEHR --Head of Iranian Anthropological Research Center, affiliated to Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, Mohammad Mir-Shokraie, announced that, for the first time, Norouz rituals in Iran will be put on a list of UNESCO's global heritage as ancient cultural and spiritual rituals of Iran.

Mir-Shokraie told, to meet the important goal, two national and international seminars have been held and several books and pamphlets as well as research documents and reports on Norouz in Iran and other countries, where the rituals are observed, have been sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The official said that as per agreement with UNESCO officials, Norouz rituals will most probably be registered as a national and regional ritual this year.  The official added that the historical palaces of Persepolis, Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan and Choghazanbil Temple in Khuzestan province have been enlisted among UNESCO monuments.







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