1240 GMT July 18, 2019
Nowruz (March 21) is a common festivity and great cultural heritage of the whole region, India's Ambassador to China Vikram Misri said at a ceremony to celebrate Nowruz.
'It is also one of the most ancient, invaluable, and rich cultural heritage in India,' he said.
The occasion that marks beginning of spring is officially celebrated in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, IRNA reported.
The day is celebrated in India with various rituals, but it is originated from the civilization of Iranian and Persian communities, the envoy said.
Highlighting the influence of the event on the lives of Indian people, he said Nowruz is a golden opportunity for equality, good will, and friendship among nations.
He also expressed his best wishes for all people who celebrate Nowruz as new year.
Nowruz entered the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 as a cultural tradition observed by a number of nations.