Azerbaijan’s unique manner of celebrating Nowruz on display

Reception held in capital showcases the cultural and spiritual values Azeris associate with the holiday


DNA March 11, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Unlike some other countries, the natural elements of earth, wind, water and fire lead the Nowruz celebrations for the central Asian Muslim state of Azerbaijan with celebrations for the national holiday kicking off at least a month before the actual day.

This was disclosed by Azerbaijan's Ambassador Ali Alizade as the Azerbaijan embassy hosted a reception in Islamabad in connection with Nowruz.

“I am honoured and privileged to see friends gathered here at my place to celebrate this event,” the ambassador added.

The reception showcased Azerbaijani culture, national and spiritual values, as well as cuisine associated with the event.

Alizade said that on March 21, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Day of Nowruz.

Congratulating attendees on the upcoming Nowruz holiday, the ambassador said that this holiday has been celebrated annually in Azerbaijan for many centuries and is tied to his country’s historical roots and cultural values.

Alizade dilated about the Azeri national traditions associated with Nowruz. He said that the holiday, which is characterised by the arrival of spring and renewal of nature, begins with the celebration of water, fire, wind and land.

Underlining his deep commitment to national and moral values, Alizade said that celebrations commence at least a month before the actual day.

Video clips relating to Nowruz traditions and celebrations, the national music of Azerbaijan, and samples of national cuisine, sugar, baklava, buffalo, tofu, lobster, pilaf and other dishes featured in the reception.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2020.

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