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Baku hosts Noruz charity fair

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Holiday Train charity fair will be held in Baku on the eve of Novruz holiday.

The event will take place at Jafar Jabbarli Square from March 15 to April 15, Trend Life reported.

Numerous restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops will join the spring feast.

The event is organized by ADY Property with the support of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC.

The main feature of the charity fair is that it will be held three times a year.

On March 20-21, Azerbaijan celebrates one of the most ancient, beloved holidays – Novruz, which reflects the traditional values of the country's people.

Before the holiday, people mark four pre-holiday Tuesdays, each of which is dedicated to the awakening of one of the natural elements called Su Chershenbesi (Water Tuesday), Od Chershenbesi (Fire Tuesday) Hava Chershenbesi (Wind Tuesday) and Torpaq Chershenbesi (Earth or Last Tuesday).

People do house cleaning, plant trees, paint eggs, make national pastries such as shekerbura, pakhlava, shorgoghal and a great variety of national cuisine. Children jump over bonfires and run through the streets and knock on doors to ask for treats.

The holiday was given the status of an official holiday in Azerbaijan by a presidential decree dated 13 March 1990. In 2009, Novruz was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and since then, March 21 was declared the International Day of Novruz.


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