Iranian New Year Started

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Navroz is the beginning of the New Year for several communities. It dates back as far as the 6th Century BC, back when the Iranian community were homogeneously Zoroastrians. Once the community divided over the course of history, people of Iranian origin worldwide continued following Zoroastrian traditions and with that the Iranian New Year as well.

Key Facts:

  • Navroz is the beginning of the New Year for several communities. It dates back as far as the 6th Century BC, back when the Iranian community were homogeneously Zoroastrians.
  •  The festival, which marks the first day of spring, is celebrated across regions that once made up the ancient Persian empire, including parts of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.
  • Apart from the difference of one or two days, the Iranian community celebrates Navroz on March 21. March 21 is the first day of the Iranian calendar. It is also marked as the day King Jamshid was crowned as the King of Persia. King Jamshid holds a great significance in Zoroastrianism and the day of his coronation is generally considered to be the beginning of the New Year among Iranian people.
  • A visit to the Fire Temple, the place of worship of the Parsi community, is a ritual followed on Nawroz every morning.

Source:The Hindu

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