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Nowruz, 3000-Year-Old Spring Festival of Persian Origin (Part 2)


The United Nations in its Feb. 23, 2010 General Assembly recognized March 21 as International Day of Nowruz to let the New Year festivity of over 300 million people across the globe become officially international.
According to the preamble of the resolution on the International Day of Nowruz, which means new day, member states were asked to register March 21 as the International Day of Nowruz in their official calendars. The UN resolution has described Nowruz as the day of the vernal equinox, which is celebrated for over 3,000 years by more than 300 million people worldwide as the beginning of the new year. 
Nowruz marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran and Afghanistan. In addition to Iran, with official and unofficial holidays during Nowruz, it is celebrated as an official holiday in many other countries although Nowruz is not the beginning of the new year in some countries.

Azerbaijan Republic
Nowruz is the greatest and most glorious festival in this republic. It is observed based on the solar alendar in Azerbaijan Republic. On the leap years, Nowruz is observed on March 22 as the New Year Holiday. Like Iran, New Year holidays start from March 20 and end on March 24, but usually the government adds a few days to these holidays.

Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi

Othe links:

Philosophy of Nowruz Festival in Ancient Persia (Part 1)

Philosophy of Nowruz Festival in Ancient Persia (Part 2)

Philosophy of Nowruz Festival in Ancient Persia (Part 3)

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