Growing wheatgrass is one of the most common traditional preparations for Nowruz.
Observed by
TypeNational, ethnic, international
SignificanceNew Year holiday
DateMarch 19, 20, or 21
2019 dateWednesday 20 March 2019
at 21:58 UTC *
2020 dateFriday 20 March 2020
at 03:50 UTC *
2021 dateSaturday 20 March 2021
at 09:37 UTC *
Norooz, Nawrouz, Newroz, Novruz, Nowrouz, Nawrouz, Nauryz, Nooruz, Nowruz, Navruz, Nevruz, Nowruz, Navruz
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
CountryIran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Reference[ 1161]
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription2016 (4th session)

Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎, meaning "[The] New Day", IPA: [nouˈɾuːz]; Kurdish: Newroz‎ it is what the Iranians call their New Year.[15] It is one of the ancient celebrations which has survived throughout history and is considered to be a day in which new good things start.

Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎‎, IPA: [nouˈɾuːz], meaning "[The] New Day", Kurdish: Newroz‎) is the name of the Iranian New Year.

Nowruz is the day of the spring equinox, when the amount of light and dark is the same during the day. It is the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. It is usually celebrated on March 21.

Nowruz has been celebrated by people from different ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. It started in Persia in one of the capitals of the Achaemenid Empire in Persis (Fars).


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  12. [1] Anadolu'da Nevruz Kutlamalari
  13. Emma Sinclair-Webb, Human Rights Watch, "Turkey, Closing ranks against accountability" , Human Rights Watch, 2008. "The traditional Nowrouz/Nowrooz celebrations, mainly celebrated by the Kurdish population in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, and other parts of Kurdistan in Turkey, Iran, Syria and Armenia and taking place around March 21"
  14. "General Information of Turkmenistan" . Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  15. Scott, Noel (2010). Tourism in the Muslim World . Emerald Group Publishing. p. 208. ISBN 978-1-84950-920-6.

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