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Nowruz celebrations in Turkey and Georgia

flagt_of_Georgia-iHundreds of thousands celebrated the Iranian New year in Turkey’s largely Kurdish city of Diyabikar. This ancestral festival, which has been observed for more than 3,000 years, marks the Iranian New Year and is primarily celebrated by Iranic peoples in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey.

This year’s Nowruz festivities coincided with an historic call for a ceasefire from Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Ocalan’s message was read by a member of the Peace and Democracy Party, which is considered to be very close politically to the PKK.

Nowruz celebrations last around 15 days and begin on the 21st of March, which has been officially named by the United Nations General Assembly as an International holiday.

According to the UN website, Nowruz is a holiday which promotes the values of peace and solidarity between generations. and within families. It also encourages reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among different peoples and communities.

Nowruz celebrations have been taking place throughout Turkey since March 17th. Celebrations were also held here in Istanbul as well as Adana and Mersin. The symbolic Nowruz fire is also expected to be lit in 45 different locations throughout Turkey.

Source: PressTV