JNN 21 Mar 2013 Tehran : Iranians rather all the Persians are celebrating the beginning of their New Year, Nowruz, the Word Nowroz itself means “ New Day ” . While the Irani nation remains determined to overcome the illegal Western sanctions.
Nowruz, the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere, is the first day of the Iranian month of Farvardin on the Persian calendar which is based on Solar cycle , which usually falls on March 20. But in leap years, it coincides with March 21.
People in Iran celebrate Nowruz by visiting their loved ones, going on trips and spending time in nature.
Nowruz is one of the oldest and most cherished festivities, which has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years.
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010, and the festivities are now celebrated in many countries including the United States and Canada.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has attended a ceremony organized at the UN Headquarters in New York to mark Persian New Year which begins on March 21.
The ceremony on Sunday was co-organized by Iran’s Permanent Mission to UN and eleven other countries marking Norouz (new day) – the first day of ‘Farvardin’, the first month on the Iranian calendar.
The UN chief expressed pleasure with his presence in the event, saying Norouz is an ancient tradition bringing people of diverse cultures closer together.
He added that Norouz is a culture shared by different countries from Central Asia to Caucasus and Middle East.
Addressing the ceremony, Iran’s UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaei described Norouz as a symbol of unity among nations.
The International Day of Norouz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010, and the festivities are now celebrated in many countries as far as the US and Canada.
People in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan welcome spring with the ancient Norouz celebrations which coincide with the astronomical Vernal Equinox Day or the first day of spring.
Iran has been the target of illegal sanctions imposed by Washington and its allies on the baseless grounds that the Islamic Republic has been pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Tehran categorically denies the unfounded allegation.
Senior Iranian officials have time and again stressed that the nuclear technology is solely used for civilian purposes, saying that Tehran’s nuclear energy program is only an excuse for the West to impose sanctions on Iran with the actual aim of stopping its progress toward further independence from the Western technology and science in various fields.
Due to the unilateral sanctions, certain medicines are no longer imported into Iran, endangering the lives of a significant number of patients especially those suffering from rare diseases.
Following the success of last year’s fundraiser, the Persian community of Los Angeles is banding together again to kick off the beginning of Persian New Year with a party at Midnight Mission, a homeless shelter in LA’s Skid Row.
With the help of Southern California Farsi radio station 670 AM KIRN,Tehrangelenos will put on a street celebration, serve a traditional Persian meal and hand out clothes and toys to the shelter’s homeless and needy. And because Persian New Year, or Nowruz, is a 13-day celebration, the community will also underwrite Midnight Mission’s meal service for 13 days. So far, the event has raised almost $70,000.
Last year, over 140 volunteers served 2,500 meals and distributed 3,000 pieces of clothing, according to the Nowruz fundraising site.
- Happy Nowruz and New Iranian Year. A Journey into Iranian Culture (JafriaNews.com )