We now live in the year 1391… according to the Islamic Hijri calendar!

Today is the Iranian New Year. In Farsi (the language spoken in Iran), this day is called Nowruz, which literally translated means ‘new day’ or ‘new light.’ Nowruz marks the first day of spring, thus begins the new year in the Hijri calendar.

Recently, in 2010, Nowruz was proclaimed an international observance day by the United Nations. It was proclaimed not only on the basis that several countries (300 million people) share this holiday, but also because Nowruz promotes peace, reconciliation, and friendship.

Last year, on the International Nowruz Day, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, said:

“I hope people everywhere will join in observing this Day. At a time of crisis, upheaval and change, including in the very regions where the holiday is rooted, let the spirit of Nowruz prevail”

Happy Nowruz Day to you all!

Other celebrations in March:

Holi – India 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

World Poetry Day

 World Water Day 

World Meteorological Day

International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade and Its Abolition

Right to Truth Day

World Tuberculosis Day

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

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