ISLAMABAD - The National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, was aglow with bright blushing faces, shimmering dresses, exotic ornamentation, traditional attires, mouth watering 'Haft Sin' and choreographed dances by local and foreign students on 'Naurz Festival' celebrations.

These Naurz Festival celebrations were arranged by Persian Language Department of NUML, in collaboration with the Embassy of Iran.

Ambassador of Afghanistan, Janan Mosazai, along with Iranian Cultural Counsellor Dr Taghi Sadghi, and Rector NUML Mej Gen (R) Masood Hasan inaugurated the event by cutting a ribbon of thematic stalls representing the mosaic of Iranian, Afghan, Central Asians and Pakistani cultures. 

The beautifully embroidered dresses, delicious traditional cookies, dry fruits, foods, sweets, desserts and rhythmic music from Iran and Afghanistan were a treat among treats for the students and faculty members of NUML.

Afghani students, clad in heavy traditional turbans and waistcoats embedded with glass and embroidered work, with their concentric circular dances before the guests, charged the atmosphere and made every body to thump its feet enthusiastically.  

The diplomats also visited the library of Iranology Centre where classical literature of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan including centuries old manuscripts of the holy Quran, Shahnama Firdousi, Dewan-e-Hafiz, Gulstan-e-Saadi, Masnavi Maulvi and Kuliat-e-Jami were put on display and these rare collections were keenly witnessed and appreciated by the visitors.

Speaking at the occasion, Janan Mosazai said since the Day has been recognized by the UN General Assembly as a part of humanity's heritage, it was really pleasant to see that Pakistan is making efforts to save and promote the shared ancient values of tolerance, harmony and peace.