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International Day of Nowruz

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Nowruz celebrates the start of the Persian spring festival March 21 ever year. It occurs on or around the time of the March equinox.

Nowruz celebrations can include traditional folk dances.

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What Do People Do?

About 300 million people worldwide celebrate Nowruz, with traditions and rituals particularly strong in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Events may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.

Public Life

International Nowruz Day is a global observance. The Nowruz festival is a public holiday in some countries, such as Iran.

Background

Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It was proclaimed as an official UN observance because it promotes peace and solidarity, particularly in families. The day also focuses reconciliation and neighborliness, contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

International Day of Nowruz Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SunMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2011MonMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2012WedMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2013ThuMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2014FriMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2015SatMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2016MonMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2017TueMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2018WedMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2019ThuMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance
2020SatMar 21International Day of NowruzUnited Nations observance

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