The feast of the “new day”

 

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The celebration of the Persian New Year coincides with the vernal equinox which marks the beginning of spring, on 21 March, day in which many countries of Asia and Eastern Europe celebrate the feast of Nawroz (literally “new day”) proclaimed the international day of the United Nations which in 2009 was officially registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity.

Nawroz is an ancient, happy and joyous feast, estimated to be celebrated by 300 million people. Connected to the idea of the rebirth of nature, it is  pervaded by a rich symbolism and promotes values of peace, reconciliation, solidarity between generations, friendship among families, peoples and communities.

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