Iran rings in the New Year with message of peace

The Meca Dance Ensemble performed several times in different costumes at the Nowruz 1396 festival

Users of Google Search in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and India are being served with the Google Doodle for Nowruz 2017.

On this day known as Nowruz that literally translates to New Day, people of different ethnic-linguistic affiliations across the world come together to celebrate the beginning of spring.

In a message to the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, Mukherjee said, "On the occasion of Nowruz, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to you, the government and the friendly people of Islamic Republic of Iran".

Navroz or Nawroz is the Persian New Year.

According to the United Nations, Nowruz is labeled as the day of spring festival in the Persian foundation and in 2010; they declared Nowruz as an worldwide holiday.

In India too, Nowruz is celebrated with great fun fare and enthusiasm by the Parsi community.

The Iranian president cited peace and unity as the demand of "moderate nations" that mark the ancient festival of Nowruz.

Before the occasion of Nowruz, families spend time cleaning their house and fix anything that is broken inside their resident. There are special foods made for the New Year celebrations which are found in eateries owned by the Parsis. The festival also marks the commencement of the season of spring in the northern hemisphere and indeed in accordance, the celebrations are vibrant and colourful. This festival has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Middle-East, Central Asia, Black Sea basin, the Caucasus and the Balkans.

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