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February 25, 2010

UN General Assembly Recognizes Norooz

Washington, DC – The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution recognizing the Persian New Year, Norooz, as an “International Day” celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide. Inviting the member states to study the history of Norooz, the General Assembly recognized the many regions that celebrate this Persian tradition, including: the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East and beyond.

The UN decision came after a year-long campaign led by former NIAC Board member Shahri Estakhry of San Diego. 

Norooz falls on the 21st of March each year at the Spring Equinox, celebrating the harmony of life in nature.  Iranians have celebrated Norooz since the beginning of the Persian civilization 3000 years ago and still to this day commemorate it as their most important holiday.

A similar resolution honoring Norooz is currently progressing through the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA).  H.Res. 267 is expected to be adopted in the coming weeks.




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