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Nowruz (not Norooz) Countdown

Posted in Iran, Iranians by homeyra on March 1, 2007

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Nowruz ( spelling as per the Encyclopædia Iranica) marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, start of spring, which may occur on March 20th, 21st or 22nd.

The word comes from the old Persian: nava=new + rəzaŋh=day/daylight, meaning “new day/daylight”. In the modern Persian: no=new + rouz=day; “new day”.

It is preceeded by Chaharshanbe Suri on the last Wednesday of the year and followed by Sizda Bedar on the 13th of the first month.

Nowruz fireworks

Nowruz Coundown

Beautify the Earth!

Nowruz in the world



چشن ملي نوروز در شاهنامه فردوسي بزرگ

نوروز در آذربايجان

نوروز در كردستان

نوروز در افعانستان

نوروز در تاجيكستان

Pdf نوروز درقفقاز

Pdf تاريجچه جشن چهارشنبه سوري

Pdf چهارشنبه سوري در تالش

Pdf 403.jpgPhoto by Nima, from Shahram Razavi‘s online album


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  1. Fleming said, on March 6, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Since you visited my website and left a comment, I’m visiting yours. I see that it has an Iranian emphasis, which helps me understand your thinking.

    Good work.

  2. homeyra said, on March 9, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Thanx Fleming 🙂

  3. abu ameerah said, on March 21, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Norooz (Norouz) = Ancient Pagan Holiday

    I suppose even pagans needed a day off…

  4. jooj said, on March 22, 2007 at 6:57 am


    Pray tell Mr. Abu, which group of pagans knew exactly when the solstice and equinox occurred?

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  6. Lise Emond said, on March 20, 2009 at 1:35 am

    I am one of those of left their heart in Iran and I always enjoy watching, reading informations on or about Iran, I lived in Tehran for 18 years. Thanks for bringing this back to me.

  7. homeyra said, on March 20, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Hi Lise. Welcome and its great to meet you!
    Now that you are an honorary Iranian Happy Nowruz to you and your loved ones:)

  8. nilofar said, on March 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you very much Dear Lise, Happy Nowrouz and persian new year I wish you all the best
    Mr Abu your difinition of Nowrouz is completely wrong , please before insult others, search more about nowrouz and other persian celebrations. thank you

  9. george said, on March 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Noruz

    …though Encyclopædia Iranica, which apparently delights in odd, archaic spellings even of its own name, supposedly likes now-ruz, despite the fact that the natural pronunciation of such a spelling is “now” as in this moment… and there isn’t even an article about “nowruz” in the web edition, so apparently it doesn’t exist! (since Encyclopædia Iranica is, by implication above, the sole arbiter of rectitude in such matters)

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