Nowruz Date in the current year: March 21, 2016

Nowruz The first day of spring equinox marks Nowruz, or Persian New Year. This is the first day of the year in the Persian calendar, that is why Nowruz is one of the most important secular holidays for many people.

Nowruz is observed in many countries, primarily in Iran, since it's the country of its origin. Migrating Persians brought Nowruz to other countries, like Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Iraq.

The history of Nowruz celebration roots into ancient times, when the holiday was observed by proto-Indo-Iranians. The holiday itself stems from Zoroastrianism, the first monotheistic religion.

Celebration of Nowruz has many traditions, that differ from region to region. In Iran, where Nowruz is the most important holiday, a complete cleaning of the houses is performed by every family. Everyone dresses in new clothes and starts celebrations, that last for 12 days. During the celebration people visit families, friends and neighbors.

Traditional celebration of Nowruz includes Haft Chin, a special serving of the table with seven items starting with the letter S in the Persian alphabet. Traditional Haft Chin items are mirror, apple, candles, golab (rose water), sabzeh (wheat or barley sprouts), goldfish and painted eggs.

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