28 Facts About Nowruz


Presently, while it is largely a secular holiday for most celebrants and enjoyed by people of several different faiths and backgrounds, Nowruz remains a holy day for Zoroastrians, Baha'is, and some Muslim communities.

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Nowruz had demons raise him above the earth into the heavens; there he sat, shining like the Sun.

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Nowruz is partly rooted in the tradition of Iranian religions, such as Mithraism and Zoroastrianism.

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Nowruz was an important day during the Achaemenid Empire .

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Nowruz was the holiday of Parthian dynastic empires who ruled Iran and the other areas ruled by the Arsacid dynasties outside of Parthia .

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Under the Sassanid emperors, Nowruz was celebrated as the most important day of the year.

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Nowruz became the main royal holiday during the Abbasid period.

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Nowruz was added to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

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In general, cooking Nowruz food is common in every region where Nowruz is celebrated, and each area has its food and sweets.

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In Iran, the traditional heralds of the festival of Nowruz are Amu Nowruz and Haji Firuz, who appear in the streets to celebrate the New Year.

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Amu Nowruz brings children gifts, much like his counterpart Santa Claus.

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Nowruz is the husband of Nane Sarma, with whom he shares a traditional love story in which they can meet each other only once a year.

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Nowruz is depicted as an elderly silver-haired man with a long beard carrying a walking stick, wearing a felt hat, a long cloak of blue canvas, a sash, giveh, and linen trousers.

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Nowruz is an old bearded man wearing colorful clothes with a long hat and rosary who symbolizes beneficence and the power of nature yielding the forces of winter.

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Festival of Nowruz is celebrated by many groups of people in the Black Sea basin, the Balkans, the South Caucasus, Western Asia, central and southern Asia, and by Iranian peoples worldwide.

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Nowruz is celebrated by Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, as well as by the Iranis, Shias and Parsis in the Indian subcontinent and diaspora.

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Nowruz is celebrated by Iranian communities in the Americas and in Europe, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Toronto, Cologne and London.

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Since the 19th century, Nowruz has not generally been celebrated by Armenians and is not a public holiday in Armenia.

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Nowruz widely celebrated on a vast territory of Central Asia and ritual practice acquired its special features.

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Traditionally, Nowruz is celebrated mainly in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region by the Uyghurs, Chinese Tajik, Salar, and Kazakh ethnicities.

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Nowruz is not celebrated by Georgians, but it is widely celebrated by the country's large Azerbaijani minority as well as by Iranians living in Georgia.

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Georgian politicians have attended the festivities in the capital over the years, and have congratulated the Nowruz-observing ethnic groups and nationals in Georgia on the day of Nowruz.

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Nowruz is two-week celebration that marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran's official Solar Hijri calendar.

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Nowruz has been politicized, with political leaders making annual Nowruz speeches.

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In Pakistan, Nowruz is typically celebrated in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially near the border with Afghanistan, and across Balochistan, with a large celebration held in the capital of Quetta.

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Nowruz is a holy day for Sufis, Bektashis, Ismailis, Alawites, Alevis, Babis and adherents of the Baha'i Faith.

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Nowruz explained that the equinox is a symbol of the messengers of God and the message that they proclaim is like a spiritual springtime, and that Naw-Ruz is used to commemorate it.

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Day upon which Nowruz falls has been recommended as a day of fasting for Twelver Shia Muslims by Shia scholars, including Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei, Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali al-Sistani.

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