The International Nowruz Day, a symbol of peace, friendship and mutual understanding, will be marked at the SCO Secretariat on 19 March 2021 within the framework of celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
The event will be attended by the heads of the SCO Family countries' diplomatic missions, honoured Chinese guests, representatives of international and regional organisations, partners of the SCO Secretariat and members of the press.
The SCO countries' diplomatic missions will present their national cuisines and exhibitions of their nations' arts and crafts. The programme also includes folklore elements such as traditional spring games and ancient customs and rituals.
There will be a concert of children's dance groups, folk instrumental music and folk songs.
An opening ceremony of the SCO Friendship Pavilion will be held at the SCO Secretariat designed to celebrate the unity and friendship of the SCO countries.
In September 2009, Nowruz was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
On 23 February 2010, the 64th session of the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 64/253 declaring the celebration of the International Day of Nowruz on 21 March.