The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi celebrated the International Nawruz Day in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and India-Afghanistan Foundation in Centre for Persian and Central Asian Studies, JNU on March 20, 2017.

The celebrations started by airing the national anthems of both the nations followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India.

Congratulating the onset of New Year 1397 and thanking the partners for cooperation in marking this special day, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the history of celebrating Nawroz in Afghanistan and those countries which celebrate this day including India. Dr. Abdali said: “Nauroz is one of the most ancient festivals for those who celebrate, the Ariayees whose glorious history is boomed by Balkh and Bami roses and throughout the history it has been flourished from Balkh to South Asia and splendid valleys of Jamuna & Ganga and to West; the Arabian Sea and; today is the day of celebration to that civilization and the reflection of the civilization which India and Afghanistan share.”

The celebrations were marked with cultural sessions including Pashto songs by the Indian students of the Pashto Language Department-JNU, Afghan classical music as well as the Afghan National and local dance performances by the Afghan students.

During the celebrations, the guests were served with Afghan food including Haft-Mewa and Nawrozi Cookies.

The celebrations were attended by students from Afghanistan, India, Tajikistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and other countries celebrating this day.

Recognised by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the International Day of Nowruz and is celebrated by many nations across the world.












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