Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, March 18, 2014
In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Persian New Year Celebration, or Norooz (Norouz), always begins on the first day of spring (20 or 21 March, depending on where it is observed). Norooz ceremonies with thousands of years history are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil.
With various local pronunciations and spellings, Norooz, meaning 'New Day' is the traditional Iranian New Year holiday celebrated by Iranian people and initiated in Ancient Iran.
Apart from Iran, the celebration has spread in many other parts of the world (specially the parts which belonged to the Greater Iran) including parts of West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, between kurdish population of Turkey, the Crimea, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia, amongst others.
The term Nowruz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (Shahanshah) of Persia on Nowruz.
We wish you all a very Happy Norouz. Hope this year will bring you much happiness and well-being, joy, contentment and inner peace. This journey we call life, is too short, too unpredictable and too fragile. Thus, let us come together in the time-honoured tradition of Norouz declaring our love for each other, our love for nature and our kinship for all living things. Happy Norouz, Happy New Year.
Kamran & Anne Mofid