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UNESCO Seeking More Information on Norouz


20 February 2006



LONDON, (CAIS) -- The application forwarded to the UN cultural body UNESCO by 10 nations who observe the ancient Iranian festivity of Norouz on spring equinox (March 21) have not met the criteria of the international body.

According to ISNA, the organization called on applicants to provide details of the festivity and its traces in their civilizations to justify its registration as a global cultural heritage.

Mohammad Ali Vahdati, a deputy to Iran’s representative to UNESCO said that the board reviewing the case has sought executive and practical plans by the 10 nations to preserve the cultural heritage.

“The 10 nations applying for registration of Norouz with UNESCO have not mentioned their plans at the national level to safeguard the cultural heritage and the UNESCO board has detected faults with it,“ Vahdati said.

Meanwhile, an official with Iran Anthropology Research Center said that the center is drawing up a report to establish Norouz as the global cultural heritage.

He said that Iran Anthropology Research Center had not contributed to the earlier application delivered to UNESCO and that it has decided to provide a comprehensive report of documentation to meet UNESCO criteria for the registration of Norouz.


Ten countries from the Persian civilization territory, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Arran (republic of Azerbaijan), Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, India, and Iran, presented Nowruz for registration as a multinational heritage.




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