Nowruz, 3000-Year-Old Spring Festival of Persian Origin (Part 5)
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.
People in Uzbekistan observe March 21 as the Nowruz holiday and organize special ceremonies. They forgive one another for the probable offences they might have received from each other. Nowruz day is celebrated in the Central Park Square in Tashkent in the presence of high ranking state officials.
March 22 is a national holiday for Nowruz Festival in Albania. Sultan Nowruz is an annual ceremony gloriously observed as a national festival in this country. The most glorious ceremony is observed in the main premises of Bektashi people in Tirana, where people gather for the ceremony on the morning of March 22.
People in Kosovo celebrate Nowruz on March 21 as a national holiday. Like Albania, they enjoy Sultan Nowruz Festival which begins by a minute of silence commemorating those killed in Kosovo War.
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi