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Afghanistan To Host 1393 International Nawroz Festival

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Monday January 27, 2014
Kabul (BNA) The first international Nawroz festival celebrated in the Iranian capital Tehran in 2010.
The celebration attended by heads of states from various Persian speaking countries or the Nawroz zone countries including president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan delegation and representatives from Turkey.
The United Nation (UN) officially recognized international Nawroz festival in the same year, 2013 international Nawroz festival was marked in Turkmenistan, 2012 in the Tajik capital Dushanbe-e- and the next spring’s Nawroz would be celebrated in the beautiful province of Kabul in an area named as Paghman Hill. “Various ministries including the tourism department have been giving the tasks to move forward Nawroz preparations in order to provide a warm hospitality to the Nawroz zone leaders next spring.” General directorate of the tourism department Noor Mohammad Hassan Khail said.
“The government of Afghanistan has undertaken series of necessary measures for the celebrations and several committee consisting members from various ministries and the Agha Khan Foundation, Kabul University, National Olympic Committee, Radio Television of Afghanistan, Ministry of Information and Culture, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries would be responsible to prepare the programs related to the Nawroz festival,” he added.
The Nawroz festival commission is headed by the Minister of Education Farooq Wardak with a deputy from the ministry of higher education, and majority of the responsibilities are lying on shoulders of the ministry of information and culture and the programs are supervised by the deputy minister of information and culture for finance and administrative affairs Ghulam Nabi Farahi. Nawroz refers to the celebration of the tradition Persian New Year holiday of Nawroz in Persian society.
The festival of Nawroz is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia such as in Iran, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. Nawroz is also celebrated by some communities in Pakistan and Turkey. In Kurdish legend, the holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant, and it is seen as another way of demonstrating support for the Kurdish cause.
The celebration coincides with the Northward equinox which falls mainly on 21 March 9th and the festival is held usually between 18 and 24 march. Nawroz celebration in Afghanistan Capital Kabul: in the Afghan capital Kabul, the people celebrate the Nawroz festival with special zeal and enthusiasms. People on this day prefer to go for outing in outskirts of mountains and shrines of the sacred personalities. The central ceremony is held in Sakhi Shrine related to the fourth Islamic caliph Imam Ali (Peace Be upon Him). For further evaluation of Nawroz festival Fahima Ayoubi said, “Nawroz festival is one of the ancient and historic traditions of Afghanistan, according to the historic evidences, firstly the festival was celebrated by Jamshid and Persian poets Toosi and Firdowsi have said that in their narrations that Jamshid asked his companions to make him a seat in Azerbaijan and sat down on the golden seat and when the sunrise reflected his golden necklace, the world was brightened and the people started celebration.” “People in capital city Kabul prepares weeks before to welcome the Nawroz festival and celebrate it with particularly aspirations and enthusiasm, they cook delicious foods and prepare different types of dried fruits to hospitalize their guests, relatives and others having blood relations with them, Nawroz is also known as the first day of Persian calendar or New Year, people interpret it as lucky day and pray to Allah to bless them a year full of prosperity, happiness and health, she added.”
The Afghan Tour tourism department is also working on a number of important jobs such as publication of several calendars reflecting the natural beauty of Afghanistan, brochures, postcards and Magazines.

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