How to Celebrate Nowruz New Year on March 21
Welcome to the First Day of Spring!
Nowruz marks the beginning of the Spring season in the Northern hemisphere of our earth. After a cold Winter, during which the earth lies dormant, Spring brings sunshine, warmth, rain and flowers - reawakening the earth. Day and Night are of equal length all over the earth. This is the time of the energy of growth, of emerging, of moving forward with excitement and joy.
What is Nowruz?
Since ancient times, people of many different regions and religions have celebrated the beginning of spring as the beginning of the New Year. In Persia, they celebrated Nowruz, which is a Persian word meaning “new day.”
It is the first day of the year and as such begins the Persian calendar on the vernal equinox, which is usually on March 21 on the Gregorian calendar. This is when the sun is directly over the equator, causing both the north and south hemispheres to have an equal amount of sunlight. Persians looks at this as a day when the bull and the lion have equal strength.
This is an ancient holiday that has been celebrated for more than three thousand years, and has spread throughout the world.
Even though it is sometimes known as the Persian New Year, it unites people from many different regions and nationalities, religions and languages as they share in the renewal of life on the first day of Spring. People from China, Turkey, Iran, India, Tajikistan, Syria, Canada, the United States, and many other countries throughout the world celebrate Nowruz.
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Because of the many cultures that celebrate it, the name of this holiday has several different pronunciations and spellings. Navroz, Nuvroz, Nouruz, and Navroj are just some of the many possible spellings and those are just the ones that use the English alphabet!
International Day of Nowruz
Nowruz was added in 2009 to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which has led the United Nations General Assembly to declare March 21as the International Day of Nowruz in 2010.
How is Nowruz celebrated?
This great festival has been celebrated in many cultures throughout the world for many millennia, as it is tied to the Spring Equinox.
Nowruz is a day for family and friends, for festive meals, for dancing and singing. It is a day to celebrate the value of mutual respect and the aspiration for harmony held by all societies. It is a moment for cleansing and rebirth, the time to renew wishes of peace and goodwill.
People participate in spring cleaning, and buy new clothes for the occasion. They wear their new clothes on Nowruz. Many countries make it a public holiday. Some countries even have the holiday extend for a total of four days.
On the first day, they set tables and share wheat, sweets, cloves, fruits, nuts and other items which symbolize strength, abundance, happiness, love, life, and good health. During the rest of the season, During the holiday season, they visit the elders in the family, and then their family and friends. Some of them also hold parties.
There is a parade in New York city. Dances and events are also held for the holiday.
As with the New Year on January 1, some people believe that what you do on Nowruz will affect the rest of the year. They avoid fighting and bickering on that day, and try to remove bad habits and start positive new ones.
Navroz is a time for affirming positive wishes, of planting seeds of hope for the future. They offer their prayers and gratitude for past successes as well as seek blessings for success in the New Year.