Nowruz - Iranian New Year

Event or Heritage: 
Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎‎ Nowruz; [nouˈɾuːz]; meaning "new day") is the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranians, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans. It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals. Nowruz is the incredible example of trans-national intangible heritage of the Silk Road which is descended in many countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Start date: 
Tue, 03/21/2017
End date: 
Tue, 03/21/2017
Silk Road key areas of work: 
Marketing and Promotion
Type of activity: 
Name of the Organization: 
Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
Type of the Organizer: 
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Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) Tehran
35° 41' 18.7188" N, 51° 23' 18.78" E