Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome, everyone. I have the honor to speak on behalf of my dear colleagues from the participating and organizing Missions of this event present here today. In 2015, for the second time ever, we come together to celebrate Nowruz, the spring Festival; to ring in the New Year and to celebrate peace, harmony, respect and love for all of our families, friends and the nature surrounding us. I would like to thank all of the Ambassadors and colleagues who made this event possible and the Vienna International Centre for being the gracious host of such an important event. It is a pleasure to see friends from all cultures and from all over the globe joining us today for the official ceremony marking the International Day of Nowruz.
The United Nations General Assembly, by adopting a resolution on March 10, 2010, recognized the 21st of March as the International Day of Nowruz, and on that day the Secretary General stated at the UNGA that: “Nowruz reminds us of the values and aspirations we all share for peace through tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.” I warmly welcome you to our celebration and on behalf of all dear ambassadors sponsoring today’s event I extend our best wishes to all of you on this special occasion.
Nowruz is a complex tapestry, reminding us of the most important things in life. People from all countries here today can draw on and gain something from the universal message of Nowruz: To be good to each other and to celebrate the gifts life has given us, with our family, friends, loved ones and communities. As with every spring, we are reminded of the potential for change and rebirth, and we realize that all things in the world can be renewed, that we all have a better chance and a new start to do better and to celebrate peace and harmony.
Nowruz is also the time of year when we reflect on our hopes for the year ahead. Here today, those of us who celebrate Nowruz come from different countries, speak different languages, and are geographically separated, but our culture and history remains a strong connecting bridge among us. This personal connection that we have to the celebration is the secret of its longevity. Over 300 million throughout the world celebrate this day in different forms, however, we all call it Nowruz.
The historical heritage of Nowruz, and the philosophies which are built around it, have not only united us in the past, but also present a great opportunity to strengthen our existing co-operation, to build confidence and to expand partnerships that can help us to seize the rich potential of our region and beyond, for our future generations. It creates a cross-cultural linkage through which we can advocate for shared human values.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The cultural heritage of Nowruz, which we share, is treasured by all of us here, as a uniting foundation of our societies. Let’s all welcome spring together, and decide to carry the spirit of Nowruz, not just for the holiday, but with us for the rest of the year.
Nowruz Mubarak to all of you.