Nowruz, or Iranian New Year, explained


Nowruz is Iranian New Year, marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Coinciding with the Spring Equinox, its name combines two Persian words: "now," which means new, and "ruz," which means day. Nowruz has roots in Zoroastrianism, and as is fitting for Persian and Zoroastrian culture, the ceremonies surrounding Nowruz center on community, family, and a deep respect for tradition.

Of all the Iranian holidays, Nowruz is the most important and the most colorful one. It embodies a wealth of ancient ceremony and Persian customs, promotes peace and solidarity, contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

In 2018, Nowruz takes place today, on March 20, at 12:15PM EST. 

Nowruz Mobarak everyone! 

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