President Ilham Aliyev joins nationwide Novruz festivities in Baku

Baku: Nationwide festivities on the occasion of the national holiday of the people of Azerbaijan – Novruz was held in Baku on March 19.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, his wife Mehriban Aliyeva and family members, state and government officials joined the Novruz festivities.

The head of state, his wife and family members arrived at the square in front of the Maiden Tower.

Children dressed in national costumes congratulated the President and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva on the occasion of Novruz holiday.

Fighters carrying swords and shields reminiscent of Azerbaijan`s ancient history stood on the walls of the Old City and in the square.

Dada Gorgud gave his blessing and expressed hope for the spring holiday to bring abundance to the Azerbaijani people.

President Ilham Aliyev lit the Novruz bonfire.

The head of state made a speech.

Then the President and his family members had a walkabout in the National Seaside Park.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva met key characters of Novruz – Kosa and Kechal.

Kosa and Kechal congratulated President Ilham Aliyev and his family members on the occasion of Novruz holiday.

The head of state and his family members then viewed an exhibition of Azerbaijan-made products.

The head of state and his family members viewed the samples of Azerbaijani carpets.

President Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva viewed the performance of sportsmen in front of the stands highlighting the Baku 2015 First European Games.

SOURCE: AZERI PRESS NEWS AGENCY