Nowruz Spring Celebration

Meridian CEO and president Ambassador Holliday with Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission to the U.S. from Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Meridian CEO and president Ambassador Holliday with Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission to the U.S. from Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

On a snowy Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Meridian International Center, along with the Ambassadors from the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan celebrated Nowruz. Every year, Nowruz falls on the first day of spring, serving as a symbol for new beginnings and the renewal of nature as winter comes to an end.

Celebrated by millions of people across the globe, Nowruz brings together varying cultures under a shared sense of tradition and common history. Meridian is proud to collaborate with our partners at the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to honor this centuries-old celebration.

The 2018 celebration of Nowruz brought local leaders from across the public and private sector to the Meridian House to experience this popular celebration. Guests included Representative Henry Cuellar, Representative John Garamendi and Mr . Patricia Garamendi, Governor James Blanchard and Mrs. Janet Blanchard, Ambassador Walter Cutler and Mrs. Didi Cutler, Michael Cutrone, Special Adviser for South Asian Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Alyson Grunder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Michelle Kosinski, CNN’s Senior Diplomatic Correspondent and Ambassador Timothy Chorba, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. During the event, guests were welcomed with a wide array of authentic central-Asian cuisine, traditional cultural performances, art displays, and crafts.

Meridian supports the exchange of ideas, leaders, and culture to enhance global leadership and is proud to host events that foster cross-cultural dialogue to deepen cultural understanding. Central Asia countries remain important allies to the United States with shared economic and national security priorities. Along with our Embassy partners, we strive to engage the diplomatic corps through intercultural communication to promote mutual understanding.

Project summary

Nowruz Spring Celebration | April 2018
Number of Attendees: 150
Regions: South and Central Asia
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Forums
Partners: Diplomatic Corps
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