INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NOWRUZ: MARCH 21, 2015

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NOWRUZ

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Nowruz celebrates the start of the Persian spring festival March 21 ever year. It occurs on or around the time of the March equinox.

Nowruz celebrations can include traditional folk dances.
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What do people do?

About 300 million people worldwide celebrate Nowruz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Events may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.

Public life

International Nowruz Day is a global observance. The Nowruz festival is a public holiday in some countries, such as Iran.

Background

Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It was proclaimed as an official UN observance because it promotes peace and solidarity, particularly in families. The day also focuses reconciliation and neighborliness, contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

International Day of Nowruz Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sun Mar 21 2010 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2011 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2012 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2013 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Fri Mar 21 2014 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2015 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Mon Mar 21 2016 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Tue Mar 21 2017 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Wed Mar 21 2018 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Thu Mar 21 2019 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance
Sat Mar 21 2020 International Day of Nowruz United Nations observance

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