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Iranian New Year celebrated in the Capital

On the occasion of the Iranian New Year, NOWRUZ, the Iranian Embassy in Bucharest organizes today a Handicrafts Exhibition. Accor­ding to a communiqué sent to Nine O’Clock, the opening of the exhibition will be followed by a concert of Busherhi traditional music group. The celebrations of Nowruz (in Persian means “New-day”), mark the start of spring and the beginning of a new year.


It is a time of great joy and family celebrations that are shared by people of all faiths in many countries that trace their history back through the centuries to the ancient Meso­potamian civilization and the Persian Empire.
Nowruz always begins on the first day of spring, and it lasts for 13 days. Families gather at Haft-seen or Haft-sinn, tables set with special traditional foods and other items to symbolize the family’s beliefs and values.
Nowruz is the beginning of the year for the people of Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikis­tan and a few of the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. It is also celebrated as the New Year by people descended from Persian and Iranian ancestors. The Kurds in Georgia, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey celebrate Nowruz as the new year festival. Many communities where people from these countries have settled also join in the celebrations. Nowruz begins precisely with the beginning of spring on the vernal equinox, on the 1st day of Farvardin of the Islamic solar calendar usually on March 20th or 21st. In 2011, Nowruz begun on Sunday, March 20.


Venue: Rapsodia Hall – 53, Lipscani Str, 6.30pm.

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