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Secretary-General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO

Tolerance is the way of the people of the Nowruz world

The Secretary-General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, stating that Nowruz is the solution and remedy of old pains, anxiety, anger, and the end of violence and the beginning of friendship, said: world officials should return to the several-thousands-years-old Nowruz protocols.

According to the reporter of IRNA cultural group, as reported by the public relations of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Nowruz 1400 was celebrated on Monday evening (March 15, 2021) with the presence of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mansour Gholami Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Hojattollah Ayubi Secretary-General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Sarvar Bakhti, President ECO Cultural Institute, Ali Asghar Mounesan, Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, Pirouz Hanachi, mayor of Tehran, a group of foreign ambassadors in Tehran, and some from the culture, art and media sectors, in the outdoor area of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

In this program, Hojjatullah Ayoubi, Secretary-General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, stressed on keeping hope and having best wishes in these difficult days, and said:  “We must cry out “Long live life”.  It is a source of joy and good tidings that we have gathered today in this beautiful Mashgh Square, in the name of Nowruz and spring, in exactly the same place that a hundred years ago our ancestors gathered and incidentally during the peak of the spanish influenza pandemic, celebrated the last Nowruz of the century.

Secretary-General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO added: “there was tumult in this square and on this street.  The shadow of death had spread over the world.  But in 1300 the glory of Nowruz won over the devil of despair, and in the midst of war, famine and hunger, the sound of music, the sound of oboe and drums and other musical instruments in Mashgh square brought the happy tidings of Nowruz, and with it the good news of spring, which represents hope and life.”

Ayoubi continued: “A hundred years ago our ancestors used to sing on the streets and in the market place:  “You bad year, don’t come back. You’re closed our business, made our women lazy; don’t come back”.  And now, after a hundred years, Iranians are struggling with the deadly virus of sanctions, ISIS terrorism, and the flu of dogmatism and barbarism, and United Kingdom coronavirus. We, like our ancestors, are going through hard times. Maybe that song relates to our present state, but no, we are full of hope and aspirations.  Why not have hopes in tomorrow.

Tolerance is the way of the people of the world on Nowruz

ayoubi stated:  “We have seen healers of love in our hospitals and clinics, who seem to be whispering this poem of Rumi:  “We are skilled physicians and disciples of Christ, we have seen many dead and brought them back to life; we are saintly healers and do not need wage; we are pure spirits with no greed or evil.”

The Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO added: “when we see the unconditional generosity of the wealthy and the civil and humble behavior of the poor, we realize that tolerance is the way of the people of the Nowruz world.  They have learned to whisper hope, warmth and spring in the face of the cold and hardships, since, “The darkest hour is that before dawn”.  Of course, in these difficult times, musicians with their instruments and songs and devotees with their prayers, became the messengers of hope and joy.”

Long live Nowruz; Long live life and happiness

Ayoubi added: “From the first day of the invasion of the demon called COVID-19 we, in the National Commission for UNESCO, have tuned our instruments and today we come with drums, trumpets and oboe and timbales to cry out “Long live Nowruz, long live life and long live happiness and joy. The people of the land of the sun cleaned their houses and washed their hearts of darkness and rust. Nowruz is like crystalline water that washes away darkness, anger and bitterness each time it arrives. Nowruz means the end of ire and the beginning of friendships.”

Addressing the Iranian officials and the world Nowruz ambassadors, Ayoubi said: “Today, reviving the Nowruz traditions doesn’t just mean to travel into history and protect our ancestors’ customs.  Today, Nowruz is a solution and a cure.  It is a cure for old pains, anxiety and chaos, a cure for fear and anger, and a cure for problems arising from hearts full of rust and hatred.

He declared: “Our ancestors have taught us to fill our minds and souls with great wishes on the verge of the new year. Seeing the happy face of Dr. Zarif gives me the courage to express one of my wishes loudly, in Mashgh square, in front of the ambassadors. Of course, it is ok for youths to be dreamers.

World officials return to the thousand-year-old protocols of Nowruz

Ayoubi added:  I wish the high rank officials of Nowruz could announce “cease protocol” among themselves for a few days of the New Year; put aside all the conventions they have raised on the ruins of the world wars, just for the few days of Nowruz.  What would happen if the high rang officials of the Nowruz world would turn to the several-thousands-years-old protocols of our ancestors and implement protocols that grew in the beds of friendship; protocols that stem from clear souls and spotless mirrors.

The Secretary-General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO added: “The high rank officials of the 12 Nowruz countries, like all other people, would meet and visit each other, without any formality or ceremony.  The people should witness their leaders, like themselves, renewing the pledge of friendship”.  Imagine what beautiful scenes would be created in the Nowruz world.”

Addressing the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, he said:  “Mr Dr. Zarif, you can start from Tehran and without any formality pay visit to the ambassadors of different countries, especially the ambassadors of Nowruz countries.  Perhaps this will be a beginning of the realization of the dream express in a poem:  “Do not say that all are at war and my visit of peace will do n good / You are one from the thousands lights, so light up.”

Unveiling of the Nowruz stamp and presentation of the high Nowruz badge to the President of ICOM Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mansour Gholami, and Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Ali Asghar Mounesan spoke at this event.

Moreover, in the continuation of this ceremony, the attendees visited the stamps of Nowruz countries, and finally the Nowruz stamp was unveiled.

In the program, Nowruz tables of Nowruz countries (Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India, Armenia, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan) were laid, customs from Nowruz with different ethnicities and countries ere exhibited; songs about Nowruz sere performed (Haft-sin, Baluch, Kurdish, Turkmen, Azeri, Khorasan, and Qashqai); customs such as Takamchi, Wooden Horse, Singing for Nowruz, Haji Firooz, Pardeh Khani (storytelling) in Kurdish, Baluch, and Turkmen languages were performed; The performance of love music by Shahbazi was another part of this program.

In this ceremony, Dr. Seyed Ahmad Mohit Tabatabaei, president of ICOM and National Memory of the World Committees, received the highest medal of Nowruz of National Commission for UNESCO. The Iranian National Commission for UNESCO’s honorary diploma was also presented to Shah Mansour Shah Mirza, a Tajik cultural expert at the ECO Cultural Institute.

At the end of the ceremony, the Iranian National Commission held the Nowruz projection mapping for UNESCO, directed by Amir Reza Salari, on the Ghazaghkhaneh mansion, located in Mashgh Square. And cultural symbols of 12 member countries of the Nowruz World Convention registered in UNESCO were displayed.

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