International Day of Nowruz

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2021 DateMarch 21, 2021
2022 DateMarch 21, 2022
International Day of Nowruz

International Day of Nowruz History

International Day of Nowruz is a celebration of spring and the new year. It recognizes that this time is one for rebirth and renewal as it occurs during the moment when the Sun moves into Aries at the time of the Spring Equinox. This day has been celebrated for thousands of years and is deeply rooted in traditions of Zoroastrianism.

International Day of Nowruz is believed to have been celebrated since 247 BC. It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. It is celebrated annually around March 20th.

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International Day of Nowruz Facts

  • International Day of Nowruz is celebrated by many countries in western, central, and southern Asia. These include Afghanistan, Georgia, Albania, Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikestan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan.
  • The oldest records of Nowruz go back to 247 B.C during the Arsacid/Parthian times.
  • One tradition during Nowruz is to pay short house visits to family, friends, and neighbors.

International Day of Nowruz Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit friends, families, and neighbors. It is a popular custom to pay one another a short visit. Be sure to prepare pastries and tea for your own visitors.
  • Give your family members gifts. On the first day of Nowruz, family members gather around the Haft Seen table and await the exact moment of spring. Once it arrivesm, everyone exchanges gifts.
  • Enjoy a picnic. On the last day of Nowruz it is custom to go outdoors and have picnics and parties as a way to avoid bad luck.
  • Watch the documentary A Splash of Nowruz (2014) to see how some people celebrate International Day of Nowruz.

International Day of Nowruz - References and Related Sites

UN: Nowruz Day
UNESCO: Nowruz Day

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