What is Nowruz?

What is Nowruz?

Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎ Nowruz, [nouˈɾuːz]; literally “new day”) is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups as the beginning of the New Year.

Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.

Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.

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Happy Nowruz!

Happy Nowruz!

Hi, I like to say congrats for the coming of the new year and the spring. I wish you all to have the best of the best moment in the new year. The feast of Nowruz is the celebration of coming a new day and new year and the spring which is the most important feast of the whole year. We are holding this for over 3.000 years! For Iranian it’s been the most respected event. The term Nowruz is sometimes unknown for people in the west. That’s because it is held in homes and not outdoors like a street festivals. There are a lot to tell about Nowruz. I tell you more about it soon … until then have fun!