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Norouz Registration File Heads to UNESCO?


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 29 April 2004



Norouz is one of the oldest and greatest historical and cultural festivals of the Iranian civilization. Iranian and Central Asia officials at UNESCO’s branch office in Tehran are considering its file for being proposed for registration on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage.

For nearly one year, Iran has sought to add the ceremony to UNESCO’s list. However, the previous file was considered to have some weaknesses and returned to Iran for completion.

Based on the convention for preservation of intangible heritage, if a heritage is shared by different countries, it should be proposed for registration by all, and since Norouz is a tradition shared by all countries located in the perimeters of Iranian civilization (Iranian World), its proposition necessitates the approval of at least five countries of Central Asia.

According to head of the Anthropology Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization Mohammad Mirshokrai, Norouz will surely be the Iranian choice of tradition; its film is ready for submission to UNESCO and today will be screened for representatives of 8 Central Asia countries at UNESCO’s branch office in Tehran, he said.

The countries have already signaled their approval, announced Mirshokrai, adding that it would take the approval of only five countries for the file to be presented to UNSECO for registration.

Countries that are not part of the convention, including Iran, are allowed to present their requests of registration just until the 30th of September 2004, and afterwards only countries belonging to the convention are permitted to do so. From next year on, only member states can present their traditions or events for registration. Therefore the Iranian parliament is right now accession.

According to head of the cultural sector of UNESCO’s national commission in Iran Fatemeh Farahani, the first registered intangible heritage of the world belongs to India, the film of which was produced by one of the best directors of the country.



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