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New Iranian Calendar Year Begins

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TEHRAN, March 21 (ICANA) – The new Iranian calendar year 1390 has begun and all the Iranians around the globe are celebrating their biggest cultural and national event, Nowruz.
Monday, March 21, 2011 2:23:17 PM
New Iranian Calendar Year Begins

Nowruz, celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, is the first day of spring in northern hemisphere.

Nowruz is observed in 11 countries, namely the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.

Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.

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