● Ayudajonok celebrated Nowruz at the UN by attending a panel discussion "Nowruz and the Earth: Harmony between culture and nature", co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), and Tajikistan; the Nowruz concert sponsored by the Turksoy International Organization of Turkic Culture where he met Artekovtsy -2009 from Crimea, Ukraine - “Genclik” Group of Percussion Instruments; and the most important part of the events- the Official Ceremony of the International Day of Nowruz at the General Assembly Hall.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on March 21 marked International Day of Nowruz, the Persian spring festival, by issuing a strong call for peace and harmony between peoples of all cultures in a time that the world is experiencing multiple upheavals and conflicts”
Celebrated annually on March 21, Nowruz stands for "new day" in Farsi as it also marks the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Calling on people worldwide, the secretary-general urged "let the spirit of Nowruz prevail" in a message marking the day.
"Nowruz is a day for renewal -- it is an opportunity to reflect on the intimate links between people and the natural world," Ban said. "And it carries a strong message of peace and harmony between peoples of all cultures on the basis of mutual respect and understanding."
"These timeless values are at the heart of the mission of the United Nations, and are more relevant than ever as we grapple with such pressing global concerns as environmental degradation, human rights abuses, intolerance and armed conflict," he added.
Around 300 million people globally celebrate Nowruz, particularly in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.
The day is also part of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.