(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.
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
April 2004: Norouz
Registration File Heads to UNESCO?