Islamabad, 21 March 2022 (TDI): People around the world are celebrating Nowruz with zeal and zest. Nowruz is also known as Persian New Year. It has been observed for more than 3,000 years to welcome spring.

It is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Mongolia’s Bayan-Ölgii province, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It’s also widely celebrated in Turkey, Pakistan & India.

The official account of Azerbaijan took to Twitter to congratulate the people of Azerbaijan as well as everyone who celebrates this holiday on the occasion of spring freshness.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran shared a video on Twitter to commemorate the day and mark the celebrations for the festive occasion as well as wish Happy Nowruz to everyone.

Mustafa Yurdakul, the Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan also participated in an event to celebrate Nowruz. This festival was co-arranged by Serena Hotel and Turkish Embassy in Islamabad.

Students of Pak-Turk Maarif presented cultural dance performances from all regions of Pakistan at the Nowruz & Spring Festival.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also congratulated on the occasion of the spring holiday of renewal. The Ministry shared that “Let the holiday of the equinox bring you lots of joy and warmer days, as well as new hopes and peace.”

What is Nowruz

Nowruz has its roots as a feast day in Zoroastrianism. For the Northern Hemisphere, March 20 is the first day of spring. However, it’s the beginning of a new year for 300 million people around the world, as well.

Nowruz means “new day”. It marks the arrival of spring as well as the first day of the year in Iran. Iran’s solar calendar begins with the vernal equinox. Traditionally, many begin preparations for Nowruz weeks in advance.

Nawruz is being celebrated in the different parts of the world
Nawruz is being celebrated in the different parts of the world
International Nowruz Day

People perform ritual dances and fill vessels in their homes with water, in the leadup to the holiday, for health, and in an attempt to banish bad luck. In 2009, UNESCO documented the holiday on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

According to UNESCO, Nowruz promotes values of peace and solidarity as well as reconciliation and neighborliness amongst generations. March 21 is officially recognized as International Nowruz Day.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) also shared a felicitation message video with the people of the world who are celebrating the auspicious occasion to welcome spring.