Novruz Comission in Washington has arranged a celebrative event to mark Novruz holiday.
Azerbaijan`s stand at the event featured national musical instruments, garments and carpets.
Azerbaijani musicians performed national music pieces, including “Sari Galin” (“Blonde Bride”).
Dating back to ancient times, Novruz has always been celebrated as the beginning of the new year by people all around the world.
Usually preparation for Novruz begins a month prior to the festival. Each of forthcoming 4 weeks is devoted to one of the four elements and called accordingly in Azerbaijan. Each Tuesday people celebrate the day of one of the four elements- water, fire, earth and wind. The last and the most important Tuesday is devoted to wind and called Yel Charshanbasi or Ilakhir Chershenbe by Azerbaijani people.
The Novruz holiday was included into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2009 thanks to the efforts of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO goodwill ambassador, MP, Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva.
In 2010 United Nations General Assembly recognized the 21 of March as the “International Day of Novruz”.