Iraq Declares This Year’s Nowruz Official Holiday
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iraqi government declared this year’s Nowruz, the Persian New Year due to be celebrated around the world on Thursday, an official holiday.
The secretariat of the central government of Iraq announced that Thursday would be an official holiday, the Arabic-language Alsumaria news network reported on Wednesday.
Most of the Iraqi regions, especially the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, celebrate Nowruz which usually falls on March 21 each year.
In 2010, the UN General Assembly established March 21 as the International Day of Nowruz. The UN also celebrates the International Day of Happiness.
The international Nowruz Day was proclaimed at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday, including Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, The Azerbaijan Republic, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
For more than 80 million people in Iran, the ancient festival of Nowruz marks one of the most important days of their calendar.
The oldest festival in the Persian calendar is believed to have been started by Zoroastrians around 3,000 years ago.