Tuesday, March 20, 2018

When is Nowruz 2018 | International Day of Nowruz 2018

When is Nowruz 2018 | International Day of Nowruz 2018

The International Day of Nowruz celebrates the begining of the Persian spring festival or New Year on March 21 each year. It occurs on or around the time of the March equinox or vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Usually Nowruz day falls on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on the place it is observed.

Around 300 million people globally celebrate Nowruz, mainly in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Its a holy day for Zoroastrians. Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities for around 3000 years. Folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies are held.

In some countries like Iran, the Nowruz festival is a public holiday and it marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar.

Nowruz is a festival which marks the first day of spring, also known as Persian New Year. International Day of Nowruz is official UN observance as it promotes peace and solidarity in families and it contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among people and various communities. Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan are the Countries that celebrate Nowruz. The International Day of Nowruz, is also known as Nowruz, No-Ruz, No-Rooz or No Ruz. The word Nowruz (Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz), means new day; its spelling and pronunciation may differ by country.

International Day of Nowruz 2018 Date - Wednesday, March 21, 2018
International Day of Nowruz 2019 Date - Thursday, March 21, 2019

Nowruz is celebrated and Observed by the following Countries:

 China (by Tajiks and Turkic peoples)
 India (by Parsis)
 Iraq (by Kurds and Turkmens)
 Pakistan (by Pashtuns and Balochs)
 Russia (by Tabasarans, Crimean Tatars, etc.)
 Syria (by Kurds)
 Turkey (by Azerbaijanis, Kurds and Yörüks)


Nowruz is celebrated to a great degree in Afghanistan. Nowruz here is also known as Farmer's Day. Preparations start after Chaharshanbe Suri i.e. the last Wednesday before the New Year and ends on the first day of the Afghan New Year, i.e March 21.


Albania, celebrates the day of Sultan Nevruzit as a symbolic day by the Bektashi sect. Special ceremonies are organised in Tekke, led by the clergy, where large meals are served. They celebrate this day as the birthday of Ali.


In the Republic of Azerbaijan, Nowruz holiday is celebrated for several days and concludes with public dancing and other entertainment performances.


Parsi community in India celebrates the Parsi New Year as Jamshed Navroz. Parsi New Year is a holiday in Maharashtra, India. After the King of Persia, Jamshed who started the Parsi Calendar, it's also known as 'Jamshedi Navroz'. Zoroastrian Parsis celebrate the festival with full fervour. Nowruz is also spelled as Navroz.


Iranians can be seen house cleaning, or shaking the house, as referred to by Farsi-speaking (Persian speaking) before the coming of Nowruz. Besides spring-cleaning of their house, they purchase new clothes for Nowruz, wear gold and silver kustis and caps, buy flowers especially hyacinths and tulips. Parsis decorate their houses with auspicious markings like stars, butterflies, birds and fish. They embellish the doors and windows with garlands of roses and jasmines, and use colour powders called rangoli on the steps and doorway..


Nowruz, is celebrated here in Turkey by the Kurdish minority. The word 'Nowruz' in Kurdish is 'Newroz'. The Kurds in Turkey celebrate Newroz between 18th and 21st of March.