Nowruz (“New Day”, originally “New Light”) is a traditional ancient Iranian festival which celebrates the start of the Iranian New Year.
Nowruz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year.Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar (21 March).
The UN’s General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.
During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.