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2011 Norooz: Nowruz Events and News Worldwide

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Syria to make Newroz a public holiday in 2012

Kurdish-BarnstarThe government of Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has promised to make the Kurdish New Year’s festival of Newroz into an annual national public holiday, starting in 2012.

The city of Qamishli (northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, predominantly Kurdish, Arabs and Assyrians/Syriacs) is renowned for throwing a large Christmas parade every year in December, and celebrating Newroz festival by a large crowd every year in March.

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Novruz in the residence of U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan

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Ambassador Matthew Bryza graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International relations, Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. He is married to Zeyno Baran, a Turkish American scholar. Bryza is fluent in Russian and Polish, and also speaks German and Spanish, and conversational Azerbaijani language.

Photos: Spring blossoms in Sari-Iran

Spring-blossoms-in-Sari-Iran-699-iSari is the provincial capital of Mazandaran, located in the north of Iran on beautiful southern coast of Caspian (Mazandaran) Sea. Sari was founded during the Sasanid period (ad 224–651).

Native people of Sari have a folklore that the city was populated when Smith Kaveh (native of this city) revolted against the tyranny of Zahak.


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UN Secretary-General's Message on International Day of Nowruz

united-nations-nowruz-payvandNowruz has special meaning for many peoples in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. Celebrated for millennia, the holiday is associated with a rich tapestry of customs and rituals linked with the arrival of spring.


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Azeri and Turkish Diasporas urge Obama to add Turkish peoples in Novruz congratulation message

Coat-of-arms-of-AzerbaijanAzerbaijani and Turkish Diasporas have embarked on a new campaign by sending hundreds of letters urging US President Barack Obama to mention Turkish peoples in his Novruz congratulatory message.


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Canada: Give the Gift of Joy to Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees

Iranian-Railroad-for-Queer-RefugeesIranian New Year (Nowrooz) will be celebrated on Farvardin 1st, 1390, Unless of course, you happen to be queer, queer Iranians, commonly ostracized by their families live in fear and persecution or the lonely alternative of exile and isolation.

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Photos: Nowruz exhibition in Iran

Nowruz-exhibition-in-Iran-iKarvansray Khanat, Tehran 2011

Nowruz is a time for great joy and celeberations shared by people of all faiths and ethnicity in many regions inside and outside Iran, and its registered on the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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Nowrouz 2011: Eleven countries celebrate Persian New Year nationally

Norooz-flagsNowruz with different spelling shows up in official calendars of Iran, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Autonomous Region of Kurdistan (part of Iraq) and Georgia.

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Persian New Year, Norooz 1390 - 2011 Times تحویل سال

150px-earth-lighting-equinox_enNowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (the start of spring in the northern hemisphere), which usually occurs either on March 20 on March 21.

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