Eide Shoma Mobarak (Happy Persian New Year) Featured Image

March 20, 2017

Today is the first day of spring but, more importantly, it is the start of the Persian New Year.

Better known as Nowruz, the day marks the beginning of a 12-day celebration. It’s a public holiday in Iran and also in Afghanistan, Iraq and Uzbekistan, among other countries. Millions of people around the world celebrate the day, which dates back about 3,500 years and has roots in Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion that predates Islam and Christianity.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It was proclaimed as an official UN observance because it promotes peace and solidarity, particularly in families.

A proper greeting for those celebrating Nowruz is Eide Shoma Mobarak.

You can learn more about Nowruz by watching this video.