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publish date : 22 Thursday March 2012      23:33

Omani Sultan Felicitates Iran's President on Nowrouz

TEHRAN (FNA)- Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed in a telephone conversation with Iran's President congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian nation on the occasion of Nowrouz, the beginning of the new Iranian year (started on March 20).

During the conversation on Wednesday, President Ahmadinejad expressed hope that the current regional developments would serve the dignity of the two nations, region and the world.

On cordial Iran-Oman ties, President Ahmadinejad and Sultan Qaboos called for enhanced mutual ties in all areas.

Over the last few years, Iran and Oman have expanded military ties and cooperation specially over security in the Persian Gulf.

Nowrouz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The International Day of Nowrouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

For Iranians, Nowrouz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.

Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter 'S'; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Serkeh (vinegar) and Somaq (sumac).

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