This year, for many, Nowruz comes at a time of sadness and anxiety […] I send my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and my best wishes to all who have been affected. I hope the festival of Nowruz will provide a welcome break to relax and spend time with close family […] and celebrate our common humanity.UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Nowruz was inscribed in 2016 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. New Year is often a time when people wish for prosperity and new beginnings. An important tradition practised during this time is the gathering around ‘the Table’, decorated with objects that symbolize purity, brightness, livelihood and wealth, to enjoy a special meal with loved ones. Gifts are exchanged, especially for children, featuring objects made by artisans. There are also street performances of music and dance, public rituals involving water and fire, traditional sports and the making of handicrafts.
- International Day of Living Together in Peace
- World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
- International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice
- International Day of Yoga
- International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
- International Day of Non-Violence
- International Day for Tolerance
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.