Norouz is annually celebrated during March 21-April 2 in Iran to mark the arrival of the New Year.
“What we know as the culture of Norouz is regarded as the culture and customs of many nations, preserved from Sind valley to West Asia and the Caucasus,” Khatibzadeh said addressing a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry compound in Tehran, IRNA reported.
The ceremony was dubbed, "Norouz 1400, Norouz for Friendship" and is being celebrated in many regional countries including, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, and Uzbekistan.
“Norouz is the epitome of the renewal of the macrocosm and microcosm,” said the spokesman adding that everything becomes new during Norouz.
Khatibzadeh noted that Norouz is interwoven with transformation and rebirth.
He concluded by wishing health, happiness and friendship for Iranians as well as peoples of other regional states and world countries.
Another speaker at the ceremony was Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Ali Asghar Mounesan who referred to Norouz as a global heritage for all men and women which invites everyone to peace.
Mounesan said Norouz is a cultural diplomacy which plays an effective role to expand peace and bring nations together, iranpress.com reported.