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Today is Nowrooz marking the beginning of the Persian New Year 1389. Nowrooz always begins on the first day of spring at the exact time of the vernal equinox, this year it was at 10:32 am PST. Nowrooz means “new day” in Farsi symbolizing a new beginning and the celebration lasts for 13 days. The history of Nowrooz dates back to the great Persian Empire. It is a holiday celebrated not just by Iranians but by many different countries in the middle east. Nowrooz is a very exciting time in our house, the weeks prior are spent cleaning and preparing for the festivities. There are many parties to celebrate the “new year” and the kids are especially excited since they receive “eidy” or gifts.
I wish you all a wonderful spring season, may your “new day” be blessed with prosperity, hope and peace.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami

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