IRAN: Nowruz is an important festival celebrated by people around the world, particularly in the Middle East, South Caucasus, Black Sea Basin, and Northern, Western, Central, and South Asia.
It marks the beginning of spring and is usually celebrated around March 21st, which is also known as the vernal equinox.
To celebrate the occasion, people engage in various traditions such as house cleaning, visiting friends and neighbors, and preparing traditional dishes like herb rice, fried fish, and special desserts.
Nowruz is also a time for reflection, setting intentions for the future, and strengthening relationships with loved ones.
Google celebrates the festival with a special floral-themed doodle featuring tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and bee orchids.
The United Nations has recognized the festival as an international holiday, and it is considered a joyous and holy occasion for the Parsi community in India as well.
Other common traditions include decorating eggs to honor new life, tidying up homes to prepare for a fresh start, and feasting on spring vegetables and herbs. Overall, Nowruz is a time of celebration, renewal, and hope for the future.
While Nowruz has its roots in Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion from Persia, it has evolved and been adapted by many different cultures over time.
For example, in Iran, Nowruz is celebrated for 13 days and involves various activities like jumping over bonfires and visiting loved ones.
In Azerbaijan, the festival is called Novruz Bayrami and is celebrated for several days with traditional food, dancing, and music.
In Tajikistan, Nowruz is a public holiday and is celebrated with a large festival that includes traditional games, performances, and food.
Overall, Nowruz is a beautiful festival that brings people together to celebrate the arrival of spring and a new year.
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