For the first time, Pakistan Foreign Ministry holds Norouz Festival with Iran

For the first time, Pakistan Foreign Ministry holds Norouz Festival with Iran

*Islamabad - Pakistan’s ministry for foreign affairs on Thursday hosted an event for the first time to celebrate the Norouz Festival with active participation of the embassy of Iran in Pakistan.*

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif was the chief guest on the occasion while Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, ambassadors from other Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states, foreign diplomats attended the event, IRNA has reported.

The countries of the ECO region including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan set up stalls displaying different cultural items and traditional cuisine.

The visitors took special interest in the Iranian stall and tasted the traditional Iranian food. The Iranian handicrafts were also displayed at the stall which attracted the people.

The event also provided an opportunity to all the ECO countries to further boost their ties by knowing each other’s culture in a better way.

Norouz, the traditional Iranian festival of spring is celebrated by millions of people in Iran and a number of other countries across the globe including Pakistan.

It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar. It usually falls on March 21 or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed.

The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.

The UN's General Assembly recognized the International Day of Norouz in 2010, describing it as a spring festival of Iranian origin, which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.