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2010 Norooz: Nowruz Events and News Worldwide

2009 Norooz: Nowruz Events and News Worldwide

Georgia declared Nowruz a national holiday

Coat_of_arms_of_Georgia“On behalf of the Georgian government, I want to declare this holiday as a national holiday and from now on this holiday will be marked like any other major Georgian holiday. This is a nationwide Georgian celebration,” said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian people and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia.

Now, a total of eleven countries celebrate Persian New Year nationally.

2010 Nowruz public holidays worldwide
Iran Norooz March 21-24
Tajikistan Navruz March 21-24
Azerbaijan Novruz Bairam March 21-26
Afghanistan Nauruz March 21
Kazakhstan Nauryz Meyramy March 21-23
Kyrgyzstan Nooruz March 21-22
Albania Nevruz (Dita e Nevruzit) March 22
Turkmenistan Spring Holiday March 21-22
Uzbekistan Navruz March 21
Autonomous Region of Kurdistan (Iraq) Noruz March 21
Georgia Nowruz March 21

List of holidays in Georgia

1 Jan. New Year’s Day
7 Jan. Orthodox Christmas
19 Jan. Orthodox Epiphany/Baptism
3 Mar. Mothers’ Day
8 Mar. Women’s Day
21 Mar. Nowruz

4 Apr Orthodox Easter
5 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
9 Apr National Unity Day
9 May Victory against Fascism Day
26 May Independence Day

28 Aug. Mariamoba (Day of the Virgin Mary)
14 Oct. Svetitskhovloba (Georgian Orthodox Festival)
23 Nov. Giorgoba (St George’s Day)

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