21 March Wednesday

Happy Nevruz for All of Us…

Thousands of people in Istanbul celebrated the spring festival of Nevruz on March 21, 2018.

An official Nevruz ceremony was held in Istanbul Culture Park that saw the attendance of Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin, Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal, and Istanbul Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Coşkun Yılmaz.

Istanbul Mayor Mr. Mevlüt Uysal participated in Nevruz celebrations herald the arrival of spring held at the Topkapı Culture Park. He said: "With the coming of spring, brotherhood, peace, love, unity and solidarity comes to our Turkish geography. I celebrate all of our nation’s Nevruz.”

Nevruz traditions such as lighting a bonfire and jumping over it took place during the ceremony at theTopkapı Culture Park.

Responding to reporters’ questions during the event, Istanbul Governor Mr. Şahin said he hopes Nevruz brings happiness and peace to Turkey. “This is a day when we are all together, we all rejoice together, and our unity as well as national unity and solidarity are tight,” he said.

Nevruz means “new day” in Persian and marks the start of the new year for a number of peoples in Eurasia - from Azeris to Iranians to Kazakhs.

Mayor Mr. Uysal and Governor Mr. Şahin visited the tents and booths of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and Tatarstan and posed for members of the media by wearing local clothes and they also tasted local foods and drinks.

Nevruz, which literally means the “new day” in Persian, is celebrated every year on March 21 mainly in Iran, Afghanistan, India, the Turkic republics in Central Asia and the Caucasian countries in addition to Albania and Macedonia in the Balkans.

The United Nations also recognizes Nevruz as an international cultural day.



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