Nowruz is being celebrated in Afghanistan

Nowruz, the first day of spring on the solar calendar is being celebrated in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mezar-i Sharif and other provinces with much fervor.

Thousands gathered in front of the Blue mosque including Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, Governor of Balkh province Atta Muhammed Nur and official delegations from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to attend Nowruz festival.

Making the opening speech of the event, Governor of Balkh province Atta Muhammed Nur celebrated the holiday of nation and stated that for Afghans Nowruz is not only the holiday of revival but it is the holiday to review and evaluate the passing year. Muhammed Nur also underscored that despite difficulties and troubles previous year Afghanistan managed to succeed in many aspects.

In his turn, Vice President General Dostum underscored that the government will make any sacrifice will spend all its efforts to establish peace and prosperity in the country. “We will continue to fight against terrorism and terrorists. Good day awaiting Afghanistan in the future” Dostum added.

Following the official part of the event the festival kicked off with gun salute and raise of the colorful flag called as “Jahenda Bala”.

Meanwhile, Mezar-i Sharif city is being the center of the Nowruz celebrations in Afghanistan. Nowruz is being celebrated in the city for 40 days after March 21st. People flock into the historic city to enjoy colorful Nowruz celebrations from all-over the country.

The International Day of Nowruz which was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010 is also celebrated in Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

SOURCE: CIHAN