Iran rings in the New Year with message of peace

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 21, 2017

Flowers, decorations and delicacies mark the arrival of the Iranian New Year Nowruz. Jamshid was the benevolent king of Iran who discovered fire-cleansing and purifying nature of nature and giver of light. This time the Iranian day is going to be celebrated on March 21. Iran offers a 14-day long vacation for schools and universities on the occasion of Nowruz.The Canadian parliament, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, enacted a legislation to add Nowruz to the country's national calendar in 2009. This table is called the "Sofrch Hoft Sin" and the number seven is considered sacred in Persian mythodology and the seven dishes represent angelic herald of life.

The festival is celebrated worldwide by the Iranian peoples, in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans.

Nowruz is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalized day and night is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to celebrate and observe the rituals. In India, the festival is celebrated by the Parsi community, and the observance can go on for up to two weeks.

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