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Google Doodle Celebrates Nowruz, The Persian New Year

Google Doodle Celebrates Nowruz, The Persian New Year

Google Doodle shows butterflies flitting around spring time flowers, including hyancinths and tulips which are often used to decorate the tables during "Nowruz".

The Persian or Iranian New Year or popularly called "Nowruz" is usually celebrated on March 21.

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"Nowruz is the most attractive celebration of nature which, with the transition of winter to spring, brings hope and lush as a gift", Rouhani said. Showcasing the importance of Nowruz, Iran offers a 14-day long vacation for school children and university goers.

In India too, Nowruz is celebrated with great fun fare and enthusiasm by the Parsi community. The celebration is a secular holiday but is holds significance for Zorastrians, and the day is considered holy in several other faiths.

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While Nowruz is celebrated by the Parsis in India and by Kurdish people in Iraq and Turkey, the Canadian parliament passed a bill to add Nowruz to the national calendar of Canada on March 30, 2009. The festival also marks the commencement of the season of spring in the northern hemisphere and indeed in accordance, the celebrations are vibrant and colourful.

As most cultural New Years around the world, the Persian/Iranian New Year-Navroz or Nowruz-also begets joy and love from friends and family, and lots and lots of food. Parsis pay a visit to the fire temple. Nowruz is predominantly celebrated in Western and Central Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East.

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As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I wish everyone celebrating Nowruz a very happy new year.


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