The global world celebrates Nowruz International Day heralding the arrival of the festive Spring season. It is an ancient celebration; Nowruz symbolizes rebirth and the link between humans and nature. Traditionally celebrated on the vernal equinox, many begin preparations for Nowruz weeks in advance. In the leadup to the holiday, people perform ritual dances and fill vessels in their homes with water, which is associated with health, in an attempt to banish bad luck. It’s also an official holiday in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia’s Bayan-Ölgii province, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, and it’s widely celebrated in places like Turkey, Indian and other places with Persian enclaves. Nowruz is also a reminder of the shared heritage of the glorious civilizations that spanned the Balkans, the Black Sea, Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, and Central and South Asia. This ancestral festivity of Nowruz marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature is a heritage that has been warmly embraced by the people of Pakistan. It is typically celebrated in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially near the border with Afghanistan, and across Balochistan, with a large celebration held in the capital of Quetta. This common heritage is a solid foundation for our friendship and cooperation with all our neighbors in the north and west, reflected in part in the Economic Cooperation Organization ( ECO). In observing Nowruz International Day, we also reaffirm our commitment to the principles of the UN Charter. 8. Nowruz is a time of renewal and regeneration. It is the spirit we need to emerge from suffering caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. It rekindles confidence that we will, together, defeat the virus and recover better, stronger, and more prosperous.