Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Persian New Year!

Today is New Year's Day in Iran and Afghanistan and other cultures and places influenced by the Persian culture.

Nowrūz is the traditional Iranian new year holiday celebrated in Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Bahrain, Armenia, Georgia, the countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, as well as among various other Iranian and Turkic peoples in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.

It's timed to the Spring Equinox, when the sun crossed the equator and the day and night are of equal lengths.

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