“Novruz - Welcoming the spring! The oldest festival Novruz (“Novruz bayrami”) is celebrated on March 21, at the time of the vernal equinox. Music, singing, dances fill in the air on March 21st. Navruz, which has a 5000-year history. Navruz is celebrated widely and colorfully in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and the western provinces of China, as well as the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq and the Tatars and Bashkirs in southern Russia. In the last twenty years, the Central Asian republics have recognized Navruz as an official holiday. Its celebration is marked by concerts in parks and squares, trade fairs and national horseracing competitions.
Celebrations of spring are a natural outgrowth of the Earth’s rhythms. In most of the Silk Road countries, Navruz announces the joyful awakening of nature after winter and the beginning of the agricultural cycle of cultivating, planting, and harvesting.
Novruz (New-Ruz, Naw-Ruz) - Spring Festival, or the New Year. The word ‘Nauruz’ consists of two Persian words ‘nau‘(new) and ‘ruz’ (day) - the first day of the initial important festival of the Aryans. It is celebrated during the last several millenniums. The meaning of this holiday is that exactly on the vernal solstice, when the length of day and night is 12 hours, the interaction of nature and man achieves perfect harmony: a period of awakening and renewal. Novruz is the beginning of a new year and is a tradition based on the relationship between man and nature.”- Nadira Shah
# Happy Spring equinox.
# Vernal equinox.
# Happy Novruz.