Pres­i­dent Is­lam Ka­ri­mov's Greet­ing Ad­dress at Navruz Fes­tive Oc­ca­sion

The Diplomatic Insight - - Uzbekistan -

Dear com­pa­tri­ots! Es­teemed guests! In these fab­u­lous days f i l l e d with sunny warmth, when the na­ture awak­ens, the breath of spring is felt more plainly, when our won­der­ful land is dressed with green at­tire, I take a great plea­sure to con­grat­u­late you, my dear friends, and the en­tire peo­ple of Uzbek­istan, from the bot­tom of my heart, on the hol­i­day of Navruz, a hol­i­day of re­birth and re­ju­ve­na­tion. For all of us, the Navruz is the start of a new year in the East­ern cal­en­dar, a sym­bol of no­ble as­pi­ra­tions and hopes for a rich harvest, abun­dance and pros­per­ity, the most an­cient, the most fa­vorite hol­i­day of our peo­ple, the one free of any po­lit­i­cal trends, an in­te­gral part of our spir­i­tu­al­ity and na­tional val­ues. As far back as mil­len­nia ago, whenavesto came into be­ing, our fore­fa­thers used to cel­e­brate the com­ing of the new year – Navruz, by feel­ing them­selves part of the na­ture, in such bliss­ful spring days as we have right now, on the banks of Sirdarya an­damudarya, in wide spa­ces, in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas of­tu­ran. It was this pe­riod of the year when they used to start field works, sow the seeds in the blessed soil, and wished one an­other peace and pros­per­ity, in­spired by gra­cious thoughts and dreams. The spirit and phi­los­o­phy of the Navruz has al­ways fa­cil­i­tated hu­man life in har­mony with na­tive land and na­ture, the awak­en­ing of as­pi­ra­tion in the soul of ev­ery­one, ir­re­spec­tive of their eth­nic ori­gin and faith, for cre­ation and well­be­ing, con­sol­i­da­tion of har­mony and unity in so­ci­ety. All this is be­ing con­firmed clearly to­day­when the res­i­dents of our coun­try are cel­e­brat­ing the Navruz with great joy and folk fes­tiv­i­ties, di­verse per­for­mances; they en­rich the ta­ble with tra­di­tional spring meals of sumalak, halim, kuk­somsa, gu­jja and the like. The fine qual­i­ties dis­tinct in our peo­ple – kind­ness and com­pas­sion, care and con­sid­er­a­tion to the hon­ored ak­sakals and moth­ers, to those in need of sup­port, the dis­abled, the or­phans, the low-in­come fam­i­lies – are man­i­fest even brighter in these days and are om­nipresent. These are the very rea­sons we look for­ward for this vivid and mag­nif­i­cent hol­i­day, try to re­veal our most splen­did and in­fi­nite hap­pi­ness. This is the very rea­son why both in the an­tiq­uity and in the re­cent past, the evil forces, how­ever for­mi­da­ble, failed to de­prive us, our peo­ple from thenavruz. One can state for sure, with­out any doubt, that ow­ing pri­mar­ily to the will and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the peo­ple, to its res­o­lu­tion to pre­serve its cus­toms and tra­di­tions, the un­fad­ing val­ues of an­ces­tors, the Navruz has been en­dow­ing us with its vi­tal force and beauty even to­day – across mil­len­nia. I be­lieve I will be voic­ing your com­mon view, dear com­pa­tri­ots, if I say that our hearts are over­filled with a sense of tremen­dous pride for we are pos­ter­ity and heirs of so great a peo­ple who val­ues its virtue and honor, its na­tional self-con­scious­ness. Dear friends! Nat­u­rally, past the long and sev­erewin­ter, ev­ery per­son is as if born anew, dis­cov­ers the en­vi­ron­ment dif­fer­ently by feel­ing the ten­der warmth of sun­ray, by in­hal­ing a light, clear spring air. In­deed, all of us are meet­ing the cur­rent spring with great­est ever de­light, spe­cial mood, and are con­fi­dent that we will fur­ther also the set out high goals in 2012 an­nounced as the Year of Fam­ily in our coun­try. The no­ble un­der­tak­ings, wide-rang­ing re­forms on de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion and lib­er­al­iza­tion of so­ci­ety will be con­tin­ued, while the level of wel­fare and qual­ity of life is to grow thanks to mount­ing pop­u­la­tion in­comes, pen­sions, al­lowances, stipends. Our peo­ple have from an­cient times com­pared youth to spring, planted trees and gar­dens with kind thoughts about the fu­ture of their chil­dren. To­day, look­ing at these en­er­getic, goal-minded youths who have gath­ered here in this beau­ti­ful park wherewe are in­spired by the im­age of the greatal­ish­er­navoi, I would like to say: Our dear and sa­cred Moth­er­land be­lieves in ev­ery one of you. May this high con­fi­dence al­ways in­spire you and lend you power. And try to be al­waysworth that trust, my­dear kids! Tak­ing this op­por­tu­nity, on this mar­velous hol­i­day, we cor­dially greet and ex­press our kind­est wishes to all our friends and part­ners, na­tions and peo­ples in near and far abroad, who have been co­op­er­at­ing with us and sup­port­ing our coun­try on its path of dy­namic de­vel­op­ment. Al­lowme to con­vey grat­i­tude to the re­spected am­bas­sadors of for­eign na­tions, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions present here, all the part­ners, over­seas friends, and con­grat­u­late them sin­cerely on thenavruz hol­i­day. Dear com­pa­tri­ots! I would like to ex­press again my deep re­spect and earnest wishes to you who have gath­ered at this bril­liant and glo­ri­ous square, and to all our peo­ple in your per­son. May peace and har­mony, pros­per­ity and abun­dance reign in ev­ery fam­ily and en­tire coun­try! Iwish hap­pi­ness and sound health to you all! May the Almighty pro­tect our peo­ple and coun­try from var­i­ous mis­for­tunes and dis­as­ters! Happy Navruz, my dear friends!

*Cour­tesy by Em­bassy of Uzbek­istan to Pak­istan.

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