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News number: 9012152106

16:11 | 2012-03-12

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Iran Offers Using Nowrouz for Anti-War Campaign

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Ambassador to Cuba Ali Chegini called on the world nations to use the Persian eve of Nowrouz, celebrating the new Iranian year, as an opportunity to launch an international campaign against war.



Speaking at a meeting with ambassadors of Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) in Havana, Chegini offered the launch of a global campaign against the US and Israel's warmongering policies in the world, specially in the Middle-East.

During the meeting in which the participants underlined the necessity for diplomatic efforts to promote global peace and confrontation against warmongering policies, the Iranian envoy reminded the history of Iran as a nation and civilization which has always been a "pioneer in peace, friendship and kindness".

He pointed to the international Nowrouz celebrations, and urged the entire world nations to use the event as a symbolic occasion for peace, friendship and anti-war campaign throughout the world and the Middle-East.

Nowrouz, 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 Nowrouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

During Nowrouz, Iranians set the Haft Seen as an expression of their traditional, spiritual, and social values.

Haft Seen is a table containing seven items starting with the phonemic Farsi equivalent of the English letter 'S' or 'Seen.' Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Somagh (sumac), and Sekeh (coin), are among items that begin with the Farsi letter Seen.

The items are believed to bring health, love, beauty and fertility in the coming year.