On March 18, a nationwide merriment was held in Baku on the occasion of the national holiday of the Azerbaijani people - Novruz.
President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva took part in the celebration of Novruz.
President Ilham Aliyev lit a festive fire. The head of state made a speech at the celebration.
Then the President of Azerbaijan and his spouse visited the National Seaside Park. The head of state Ilham Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva were met by the main characters of Novruz Bayram - Kosa and Kecal. Kosa and Kecal congratulated the president and his spouse on the holiday, competed with the head of state in beating the eggs.
Then President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva watched the festive concert and got acquainted with the Novruz fair organised during the festivities.