Happy New Year! Happy Spring!

March 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm (Uncategorized)

 
UN Officially Recognizes March 21 as International Nowruz Day

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — The United Nations General Assembly recognized March 21 as the International Day of Nowruz, a festival of Persian origin that marks the beginning of a new year for more than 300 million people. Nowruz, meaning new day in the Farsi language, has been celebrated on the vernal equinox for more than 3,000 years in regions including the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucuses, Central Asia and the Middle East, the UN said yesterday in a statement on its Web site.

 A proposal for UN recognition of the date was presented to the General Assembly on Dec. 2 by Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.  The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added Nowruz to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, noting the festival’s “affirmation of life in harmony with nature, the awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labor and natural cycles of renewal and the solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life,” according to the Web site.

Here’s to starting the year over!  Happiness to all of you in the new year. 

 

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1 Comment

  1. sarah said,

    Happy REAL new year!!!! Hope it’s special!!

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