Nowruz is celebrated worldwide today by the Turkic peoples and many Muslim countries as the beginning of the New Year.
Nowruz is a holiday of spring, which marks the beginning of a new year according to the astronomical solar calendar. Variously known as Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz or Navruz celebrates the revival of nature, moral purity and equality. It is surrounded by many rituals and celebrations. Nowruz is also the Iranian New Year, known as the Persian New Year.
Nowruz was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan. It is also celebrated in parts of Russia, India and China.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev lit the Novruz bonfire in the Talish village and congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the holiday.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has congratulated Kazakhstanis on the holiday.
"May peace and prosperity come to our homes! May Nauryz holiday bring us only happiness and joy," he said.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev also congratulated the Uzbek people.
Happy Novruz holiday!