Iran rings in the New Year with message of peace

People from all walks of life celebrated the Iranian New Year with the Iranian American Society on Sunday

People from all walks of life celebrated the Iranian New Year with the Iranian American Society on Sunday

Google unveiled a special Doodle on the occasion of Nowruz. Nowruz is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox.

The First Iranian month of "Farvardin" tells about the genesis of nature when the world was created. Geographically, the festival marks the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and thus, usually occurs around March 21. It is widely celebrated in different forms across the territories of the old Persian empire, including the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East. The celebration is a secular holiday but is a holds religious significance for Zorastrians, and the day is considered holy in several other faiths.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended his best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In India, the festival is celebrated by the Parsi community, and the observance can go on for up to two weeks. From freedom fighters Dadabhai Naoroji and Bhikaiji Cama; scientists Homi Bhabha and Cyrus Chothia; industrial leaders such as the Tata and Godrej family; military icons in Sam Manekshaw and FN Billimoria; to the likes of entertainers in Boman Irani, Cyrus Broacha and Zubin Mehta and jurists Fali Nariman and Soli Sorabjee.

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