For information only - not an official document
17 March 2010
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
"I Hope People Will Draw on the Festival's Customs
to Foster Global Peace and Goodwill"
Message on the Day of Nowruz, 21 March 2010
VIENNA, 21 March (UN Information Service) - The General Assembly's decision this year to recognize the International Day of Nowruz is evidence of a growing global awareness of the holiday's significance not only in the regions where it is celebrated but around the world.
For millennia, when the sun crosses the equator and the northern hemisphere enters Spring, peoples in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions have carried out their own special traditions in celebration of Nowruz. These rituals, from repainting homes to visiting friends to preparing symbolic meals, are infused with a spirit of renewal and can inspire not only those conducting them but all people.
As we commemorate this first International Day of Nowruz, I hope countries and people around the world will draw on this festival's history and customs to promote harmony with the natural world and foster global peace and goodwill.
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