Nowruz Day, Persian New Year


International Nowruz Day is observed on March 21, 2023. The eagerly awaited International Nowruz Day, which falls on March 21, each year celebrates the spring equinox and the beginning of the season of rebirth and natural renewal. The United Nations declared March 21 as a global holiday known as “Nauryz,” “Navruz,” or “Nowrouz,” which translates to “new day” and has a history of at least 3,000 years. Around 300 million people celebrate this holiday worldwide.

Nowruz has a long history, despite the fact that its actual beginnings are unknown. It’s possible that Babylonians were the first to observe the new year on the spring equinox, when the Sun rises above the equator of the planet.

Nonetheless, it is believed that Nowruz has roots in Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest faiths, which has a large modern following in Iran, India, and North America.

According to UNESCO, Nowruz symbolised the return of a spirit that had been confined underground throughout the colder winter months in Zoroastrian belief. The mythical Iranian ruler Jamshid may possibly be connected to the event.

The beginning of Nowruz is marked by the vernal equinox, which happens when the Earth’s tilt aligns with the Sun and heralds the coming of the Northern Hemisphere’s spring and summer.

The ritual has evolved into a widely observed secular festival.

Nowruz later extended over the Silk Road’s busy trading networks, absorbing “new social, religious, and cultural influences,” according to UNESCO.

It is currently observed by a diverse range of ethnic and religious groups in nations other than Iran, including India, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan.

And Google’s largest search engine is commemorating the Iranian New Year Nowruz with a floral doodle including spring flowers such as tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and bee orchids. The doodle depicts beautiful flowers in a variety of colours, representing the approach of spring and new beginnings.

Happy new Year…