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Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز, “New Day”, originally “New Light”) is the name of the New Year in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations.Nowruz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year.
Norooz, always begins on the first day of spring, Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts – the End and Rebirth.
now (Old Persian nava) means “new” and has the following cognates, in English new, in Latin novus, German neu, Sanskrit nava, etc. The Persian pronunciation differs in the many dialects of the language: while the eastern dialects have preserved the original diphthong ,the western dialects usually pronounce it with a different and some colloquial variants (such as the Tehrani accent) pronounce it with a monophtong .and rōz (also with various pronuciations, such as rūz, rozh, or roj) means “day” in Middle- and Modern Persian, as well as related languages,
Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian and Afghan peoples and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, Caucasus, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea , Pakistan and some groups in the Balkans.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.
The term Nowruz in writing, first appeared in Persian records in the 2nd century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the Emperor, also called King of Kings (Shahanshah), of Persia on Nowruz. The significance of Nowruz in the Achaemenid empire was such that the great Persian king Cambyses II’s appointing as the king of Babylon was legitimized only after his participation in the New Year festival (Nowruz).
The UN’s General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
The term Nowruz is a Persian compound-word and consists of:
The first day on the Iranian calendar falls on the March equinox(اعتدال شب و روز), the first day of spring. At the time of the equinox, the sun is observed to be directly over the equator, and the north and south poles of the Earth lie along the solar terminator; sunlight is evenly divided between the north and south hemispheres.
The Shahnameh, dates Nowruz as far back to the reign of Jamshid, who in Zoroastrian texts saved mankind from a killer winter that was destined to kill every living creature. The mythical Persian King Jamshid (Yima or Yama of the Indo-Iranian lore) perhaps symbolizes the transition of the Indo-Iranians from animal hunting to animal husbandry(پالنے) and a more settled life in human history. In the Shahnameh and Iranian mythology, he is credited with the foundation of Nowruz. In the Shahnama, Jamshid constructed a throne studded with gems. He had demons raise him above the earth into the heavens; there he sat on his throne like the sun shining in the sky. The world’s creatures gathered in wonder about him and scattered jewels around him, and called this day the New Day or No/Now-Ruz. This was the first day of the month of Farvardin (the first month of the Persian calendar).
Persepolis (Persian: تخت جمشید meaning the throne of Jamshid) all nations stair case. Notice the people from across the Achaemenid Persian Empire bringing gifts. Some scholars have associated the occasion to be either Mehregan or Nowruz.
Today, the festival of Nowruz is celebrated in many countries that were territories of, or influenced by, the Persian Empire: Iran, Various Iranian Peoples including Kurds, Afghanistan, parts of the Middle East, as well as in the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It is also celebrated by the Zoroastrians as well by certain Iranic inhabitants in Pakistan’s Chitral region and Gilgit Baldistan in Hunza. It is also celebrated by the Iranian immigrants from Shiraz in Zanzibar. it is called Nevruz in Turkic, Uyghurs who live in Northwestern China call it “Noruz”, and it is called Sultan Nevruz in Albanian. In Kurdish communities located in parts of western Iran, the holiday is referred to as Newroz, which is a variant of the Persian word Nowruz
The message of norooz signifies hope, peace and prosperity … may the magic of this day brings lots of happiness in your life,
جہاں بھر میں ہمارے عشق کی تشہیر ہوجائے
اُسے کس نے کہا تھا دل پہ یوں تحریر ہو جائے
میں سچا ہوں تو پھر آئے مِری تقدیر ہوجائے
میں جھوٹا ہوں تو میرے جرم کی تعزیر ہوجائے
میں اپنے خواب سے کہتا ہوں آنکھوں سے نکل آئے
ذرا آگے بڑھے اور خواب سے تعبیر ہوجائے
زباں ایسی کہ ہر اک لفظ مرہم سالگے اُس کا
نظر ایسی کہ اُٹھتے ہی دلوں میں تِیر ہو جائے
وہ ہر پَل جس میں اپنے پیار کی یادیں دھڑکتی ہیں
مِری جاگیر ہو جائے، تجھے زنجیر ہو جائے
سبب کچھ تو رہا ہوگا ترے حیدر کی حالت کا
کبھی جو بے سبب ہنس دے، کبھی دلگیر ہوجائے
حیدر قریشی کی مکمل شاعری