Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined the importance of the International Nowrouz Celebrations in Tehran, and said Nowrouz is the symbol of human being's survival.Is there another list for tangible heritage?
Ahmadinejad said here in Tehran on Monday that Nowrouz has brought two historical gifts to humanity which are "sacrifice and love".
'…but the autocrats' gifts to humanity have been bomb and massacre,' President Ahmadinejad made the remarks on the second day of the 2nd world Nowrouz celebrations which began in this capital city Sunday morning at the Saad-Abad Cultural Complex.
Iran's President further said 'This is the difference between our culture and the culture of our enemies.'
Ahmadinejad said Nowrouz is a symbol of human beings' survival.
President Ahmadinejad's counterparts from Armenia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iraq are special guests to these global celebrations being held Monday in the Tehran Vahdat Hall.
Over 100 reporters, photographers and photo journalists from Iran and abroad have been covering the 2nd world Nowrouz festival in Tehran.
Annually, 300 million people across the world celebrate Nowrouz. Nowrouz (literally meaning New Day), is the celebration of the onset of spring and the solar Iranian year.
It is the most cherished festival celebrated by all Iranians, irrespective of race, religion, status or location.
Iran first organized the International Nowrouz Celebrations after the International Day of Nowrouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010. [...]
Monday, March 28, 2011
"Ahmadinejad Terms Nowrouz Symbol of Human Being's Survival"
You would never know it from Iranian propaganda, but some of the hard-line Mullahs are not so happy about the promotion of a festival with pagan origins. I wonder if that is in the background of the extra-thick layer of blather which Ahmadinejad emits here: