Nowruz festival performance, regional costumes and traditional cuisines added colours to a reception held to mark the International Nowruz Day and official inauguration of the new Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) here the other day.
Pakistani students attired in vibrant and colourful regional costumes performed at tunes of folk and national songs giving the audience rare glimpses of Pakistan’s rich culture and traditions.
The reception organized at the SCO Secretariat was attended by SCO Secretary General, Zhang Ming, Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque, the ambassadors, senior officials, as well as prominent public figures, journalists, business people, and cultural representatives of the SCO family.
Talking to APP, Ambassador Haque said that Pakistan is an important member of the SCO family and is celebrating Nowruz festival, which is an ancient celebration of spring dating back to around 3000 years.
“We are contributing in this festival through participation for greater interaction between the member states for peace and prosperity in our region,” he added.
He said that Pakistan has a rich history and cultural diversity, adding, “Through our traditions, customs and cuisines, we showcase our people and soft image of Pakistan.”
Ambassador Haque expressed the confidence that Pakistan’s participation in such activities will help better understanding, foster mutual love, affection and cooperation among SCO states and promote tourism for our country.
Addressing on the occasion, Secretary General, SCO, Zhang Ming welcomed the distinguished guests and expressed gratitude to the heads of diplomatic missions of the Shanghai family for their assistance and active participation in the celebration of Nowruz.
He said the ideals of Nowruz and the Shanghai Spirit were very close and largely coinciding.
The celebration of Nowruz had a deep meaning and special significance in strengthening mutual understanding and the friendship between peoples of SCO countries.
During the festival, other SCO member states Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Turkey, Iran, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Mynamar and India also set up stalls, showcased their culture and traditional food and also presented musical performance to display their respective cultures and traditions.
Nowruz is an international holiday that has been celebrated for thousands of years by people living in various countries covering the large territory from the Balkans and South Caucasus to Central and South Asia, as well as Russia and Western China.