Nowruz “new day.”

Nowruz “new day.”
March 19, 2024

Nowruz, meaning “new day,” is the national New Year festivity celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, as well as throughout Central Asia. More than 300 million people celebrate Nowruz every year.

With roots going back at least 3,000 years, Nowruz is one of the oldest festivals that is still marked by humans.

The event is a springtime celebration whose activities symbolize rebirth and the link between humans and nature. The Iranian poet Saadi (1210–1291) wrote: “Awaken, the morning Nowruz breeze is showering the garden with flowers.”

The term “Nowruz” itself is derived from Avestan words, meaning “new day.” It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil—a theme resonant across various cultures.

May the new year greet you with happiness, peace, and fulfillment. Wishing you my very best wishes for a wonderful year ahead. Happy Norooz.🌷