TEHRAN, Mar 18, 2017 (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in separate messages felicitated his counterparts in the Persian-language-speaking nations of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey on the advent of Nowruz, and called for more cooperation among the neighbors.
In his messages, Larijani seized the happy moment to urge Iran’s neighbors to promote cooperation among themselves to address the regional challenges.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes any kind of cooperation at the regional levels, specially with its neighbors, based on mutual respect in order to create security and promote all-out economic, political and cultural development,” he said.
“I believe that through parliamentary dialogues, the countries in the region, could better establish security and deepen friendly ties,” Larijani added.
Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.
For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.
Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter 'S'; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Serkeh (vinegar) and Somaq (sumac).