The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis–Plasschaert have extended their best wishes to the Kurds, as they celebrate the new year Newroz.
“For all of us, it is a chance to reaffirm our commitment to peace, human rights, and human dignity; to fostering dialogue and mutual respect; to protecting the planet and building a future that leaves no one behind,” Guterres said in one letter.
“I offer best wishes to all who are marking this observance. May the Nowruz [Newroz] holiday serve as an inspiration to us all,” he added.
In a separate letter, Plasschaert also wished the people who celebrate the tradition in Iraq a “happy and prosperous celebration.”
“I sincerely hope that the spirit of Nowruz will continue to be present in Iraq to bridge differences and to promote a collective sense of pride and confidence in the country.”
She concluded her statement with a phrase used by Kurds to congratulate each other on the arrival of the New Year, saying “Nowruz Pirozbet.”
Bonfires are lit every year by the Kurds to mark the passing of winter and the beginning of spring. It was first proclaimed an international day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010.