Norouz, the traditional Iranian festival of spring celebrated by millions of people in Iran and other countries, including Pakistan, offers an opportunity for Iranian and Pakistani people to come closer and further strengthen their cultural ties.
The Indian Ambassador to Iran Gaddam Dharmendra hailed all commonalities between Iran and India especially the cultural ones and said Norouz is regarded as a great platform to bring two nations closer.
The City Council of Vancouver, southwestern Canada, added Norouz, the Persian New Year, to its official celebrations and observations calendar in recognition of the spiritual heritage Iranians and other immigrants celebrate.
Iranians living in European countries have held ceremonies to celebrate Norouz (New Year) in family get-togethers as well as in the events held at Iran's diplomatic missions in Barcelona, Budapest and Paris on the eve of Norouz.
At least 26 people have been killed after Daesh terrorists carried out a bomb attack near a shrine in the Afghan capital of Kabul where people had gathered to celebrate Norouz marking the start of the Persian New Year.