The Ambassador of Tajikistan to Kuwait H.E. Dr. Zubaydullo Zubaydov celebrated Navruz, or Persian New Year, with a colorful reception at the embassy premises on 19 March. The Advisor of the Amir of Kuwait, Muhammad Abdullah Abulhasan, and Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Ali Sulaiman Al-Saeed, attended the celebrations as special guests. The celebrations also saw the attendance of members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwaiti officials, members from the Tajik community and media representatives.

As part of the celebrations, an exhibition on traditional Tajik embroidery, national modeling and display of folk art from the country were presented. The dastarkhan, or Tajik feast that followed allowed guests to sample the authentic flavors from the country. Photographs of some of the best tourist places in Tajikistan were also on display during the celebrations.

Tajikistan celebrates Navruz on the day of the spring equinox, which falls on 21 March. The day, which is a national holiday and enthusiastically celebrated throughout Tajikistan, has been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009. A year later, the UN declared 21 March the ‘International Day of Navruz’.

On Navruz, it is customary to cook seven special dishes to symbolize a bountiful harvest. Another important aspect of Navruz celebrations is the traditional ‘Gushtinggiri’, or wresting matches that are very popular.

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