Discover Turkey, home of Nevruz
Nevruz meaning the new day is considered as the new year by Turks in Middle Asia, Turkey and Persians. It symbolizes nature, abundance, mobility and milestone in communities' lives.
Nevruz (Nowruz) marks the New Year and the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area covering, inter alia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It is celebrated on 21 March every year, a date originally determined by astronomical calculations.
Nevruz promotes the values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families, as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and various communities.
Nevruz is associated with various local traditions. Songs and dances are common to almost all the regions, as are semi sacred family or public meals.
Children are the primary beneficiaries of the festivities and take part in a number of activities, such as decorating hard boiled eggs. Women play a key role in organizing Nevruz and passing on its traditions.
UNESCO Identity Card:
Official Name: Nevruz (Nowruz)
Criteria: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Date added to UNESCO List: 2009
Nevruz Celebration, Unesco
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