NEWS AND EVENTS
March 20, 2013
Festive Congratulation by President Islam Karimov at the Grand Celebrations Dedicated to the Navruz Holiday
Assalamu alaykum, dear compatriots! Distinguished guests!
These days all our compatriots, both senior and young, do welcome with joy, delight and open hearts the symbol of spring, rejuvenation and revival - the holiday of Navruz that enters our homes with blessed spirit by saying: \"Welcome to our land, the world of Navruz!\"
In this radiant morning I am happy to sincerely and cordially congratulate you, my dears, and in your person, our entire nation on the festival of Navruz and express my respect and heartfelt wishes.
It is natural to ask: \"Why do we always miss and yearn for Navruz? Why this very holiday has turned into a beloved and the most cherished one to all of us?\"
The reason is that the world of Navruz is our most ancient and truly national holiday free of various ideology and politics, and corresponds to our traditions and values.
Because Navruz stands precious to all of us thanks to its spirit and ideas which urge each and every human being to sense that he is an unalienated and integral part of this Homeland and Mother Nature, as well as enjoy its true beauty, cherish it and live in accord and harmony with it.
The holiday of Navruz is deeply consonant with the views of our nation since it urges to reject any malice, resentment and animosities, value peaceful and tranquil life, and glorifies such an invaluable wealth as accord and unity, mutual respect and solidarity among various ethnicities and people.
Thanks to this very profound essence and meaning, we all impatiently look forward to, value and celebrate with joy and delight our oriental New Year, when a day equals to a night, as a nation-wide holiday - this beautiful fete of spring that embodies such features as virtue and charm, plenty, abundance and generosity.
The vivid confirmation of the said becomes apparent when we see these days how our compatriots are celebrating the holiday of Navruz with great elation by enjoying the yet blossoming nature and sitting around dastarkhans laid with such springtime viands as sumalak and khalim, guja and kuksomsa, as well as holding public fetes and national performances of wrestling and uloq (horseback competition for carcass) at green venues and grasslands.
In this unmatched season our people vividly demonstrate the sacred values peculiar to our nation and turned into an everyday lifestyle - to render mercy and compassion to one another, offer a gratuitous help to the sick and lonely, seek blessings of our revered elderly, and strive to share its joy and delight with kin, friends and neighbors.
Our each and every compatriot who lives in our Homeland, irrespective of his nationality, language and religion, becomes enchanted with the mood of joy and accepts Navruz as his own dear holiday.
On behalf of you and entire nation allow me to congratulate and express gratitude to the distinguished ambassadors of foreign states and the representatives of international organizations, our foreign partners and associates, as well as all our dear guests who are taking part in our Navruz celebrations in this sublime venue and showing profound respect and esteem to our people on such a joyful occasion.
In these bright moments I would like to express my profound sympathy, love and respect to you, my dears, who have assembled in this magnificent and blessed venue, and in your person, all our revered elderly, charming sisters and mothers, our blossoming youth, my dear children, with sparkling eyes who stand as a buttress and support of our people.
I embrace and congratulate all of you time and again on this fascinating holiday and express my sincere wishes from the bottom of my heart.
Let this holiday of Navruz in \"The Year of Prosperous Life\" bring to all of us, each and every home and family peace and tranquility, happiness and joy, as well as plenty and abundance!
Let our sincerest wishes expressed on the eve of Navruz - the New Year, as well as all our dreams and aspirations come true!
May our Uzbekistan be more prosperous and thriving!
Happy Navruz to all of us!