did not accept Nowruz
file presented by Iran along with the neighboring
countries sharing the New Year ceremony for registration
as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage.
After two years of waiting and preparation, countries from
Persian civilization territory witnessed the registration
of their Nowruz file being turned
The incompleteness of the file has been announced as the
main reason for the file not being registered; however, no
official figure has given any further explanation and the
deputy of Iran’s ambassador to UNESCO, Mohammad Ali
Vahdat, believes that despite the reason provided, Nowruz
file was one of the most comprehensive files presented in
“I believe UNESCO is trying to register intangible
heritage which are on the verge of distinction, and Nowruz
is not fading away. UNESCO members of the meeting
explained that the file will be registered in another
time,” added Vahdat.
Ten countries from the Persian civilization territory,
including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan,
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, India, and Iran, presented
Nowruz for registration as a multinational heritage.
UNESCO jury met from 20 to 24 November, examining 64
national and multinational candidatures for registration
as Oral and Intangible Heritage. Of the 64, 43 heritages
were proclaimed and added to the UNESCO list of Oral and
Intangible Heritage on 25 November by UNESCO Director
General, Koichiro Matsuura.