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Nowruz — which means “New Day”— is a holiday marking the arrival of spring and the first day of the year in Iran, whose solar calendar begins with the vernal equinox. Nowruz has been celebrated in Iran and the Persian diaspora for more than 3,000 years. Google comes with a beautiful flowers doodle to celebrate Nowruz on today March 21, 2022.

#Nowruz: Nowruz, also spelled Nōrūz, Nō Rūz, or Nō-Rūz, festival celebrating the new year on the Persian calendar, usually beginning on March 21 on the Gregorian Calendar.

Nowruz is celebrated by Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, as well as by the Iranis, Shias and Parsis in the Indian subcontinent and diaspora. Nowruz is also celebrated by Iranian communities in the Americas and in Europe, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Toronto, Cologne and London.

This ancient festival is a celebration of springtime—and a brand new year. Nowruz, also known as Persian New Year, has been observed for more than 3,000 years as the victory of spring over darkness.

Nowruz Celebration

It is a secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths and as such can take on additional interpretations through the lens of religion.

The most prominent Navroz celebrations take place in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India on account of a sizeable Parsi population living in the two states.

This week, Ismaili Muslims worldwide observe Navroz (Nowruz), a festival that marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring. More generally, it signifies a time of spiritual renewal and physical rejuvenation, as well as a spirit of gratitude for blessings and an outlook of hope and optimism.

Iranians spend the night of Nowruz with their family. The traditional new year dinner is white fish with rice and herbs. Many families give a money gift (called eidi) to the children to mark the new year. 

Nowruz: Millions celebrate Persian New Year around the world. Traditionally in Iran, people decorate a Nowruz table with – among other things – goldfish, wheat grass, candles and mirrors.

Parsi New Year, also popularly knows as Navroz/ Nowruz will be celebrated in India on March 20, 2022. The day marks the commencement of Parsi calendar. However, at some places, Nazroz is celebrated in the month of March.

Parsi New Year — Nowruz

The northern hemisphere is saying goodbye to cold, barren landscapes and hello to spring’s budding leaves and blooming flowers. Millions around the world put on festivals, feasts and enjoy outdoor activities in celebration of Nowruz, the first day of spring and official start to Persian New Year.

Nowruz is one of the oldest holidays and has a rich history that dates back over 3,000 years. The 13-day celebration begins with the vernal equinox when the sun crosses the equator. This widely symbolizes rebirth and the affirmation of life in harmony with nature.  

For many, common traditions include house cleaning, visiting friends and neighbors, and preparing traditional dishes such as special desserts, herb rice, and fried fish. 

Along with the growth of new plants, many also welcome the new with a symbolic spring clean, decluttering their homes to invite good fortune into their lives. 

Happy Nowruz! Here’s to a bountiful year to come.

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