has announced that Nowruz file has not been rejected yet
and Iran can ask for a revision of the case by UNESCO’s
experts after completion of the file.
“In a meeting with Fatemeh Farahani, head of UNESCO’s
cultural office in Iran, she announced that UNESCO has not
rejected the Nowruz file yet. UNESCO and the members of
the jury have decided that the file was not comprehensive.
Therefore, the file will be sent to Iran to be completed
and then it will be revised by UNESCO,” said Mohammad
Mir Shokraie, director of anthropology research center and
the provider of Nowruz file.
“The talks about the Nowruz file have been informal so
far. We have not received any formal letter from UNESCO in
this regard yet, and we can not proceed as long as we
haven’t received any formal note from this
organization,” explained Farahani.
According to Mir Shokraei, UNESCO’s reason to delay
submitting the letter is not clear, but the anthropology
center is doing its best to inscribe Nowruz file in the
list of UNESCO’s intangible heritage list by 2007.
While Ahmad Jalali, Iran’s representative in UNESCO, has
refused to give any explanation for Nowruz case so far, a
lot of experts believe that the situation has been caused
by the failure of Iran’s representative to communicate
with the representatives of other countries who have
applied for inscribing Nowruz in UNESCO’s intangible
heritage list alongside Iran.
A year ago, Nowruz file was submitted by Iran to be
inscribed in the third UNESCO’s intangible heritage
list. While a lot of experts from UNESCO and Iran believed
that the file would be accepted for sure and Nowruz would
be inscribed in the list of UNESCO’s world intangible
heritage, the file was rejected due to its