Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan), Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Baxtli Navro’z! خوشحال نوروز Mutlu Novruz! Xoşbəxt Novruz!
World Poetry Day
Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.
In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
‘Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.’ — E. E. Cummings
“I call on all people, especially political, civic and religious leaders, to strongly condemn messages and ideas based on racism, racial superiority or hatred as well as those that incite racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)
2015 Theme: “Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today.”
The theme for this year’s International Day of Forests “Forests and Climate Change” highlights forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and more broadly forests and sustainable development.
Illustration is a famous painting by Ivan Shishkin Morning in a Pine Forest.