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Secretary-General marks first International Day for Nowruz
with call for peace.
21 March 2010 – Celebrating the first-ever United Nations International Day of Nowruz,
people around the world to draw on the holiday's rich history to promote peace and
Last month, the General Assembly voted to recognize Nowruz – which means 'new day'
in the Farsi language – annually on 21 March, the day of the vernal equinox.
Marking the sun's crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern
Hemisphere, Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide as the
beginning of the new year.
For more than three millennia, people in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the
Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East, among other regions, have observed
Nowruz through their own special traditions.
“These rituals, from repainting homes to visiting friends to preparing symbolic meals,
are infused with a spirit of renewal and can inspire not only those conducting them but
all people,” Mr. Ban said in his message to commemorate the International Day.
UN News Center/Nowruz
people who contribute to all facets of life on our state. The
Iranian-American community honors its proud history and
heritage with today's parade, and its many significant
contributions to society and various areas of professional
endeavor." - Governor Andrew Cuomo