(Persia Digest) –Vancouver City Council has included Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) in its calendar to recognize the spiritual heritage of its Iranian and other dual nationality residents who celebrate the first day of spring.
Nowruz is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people in more than 15 countries and is a public holiday in over 10 countries. It is also registered by the United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Vancouver City Council said in its latest enactment.
Recalling a bill passed in 2009 by the Canadian Parliament, the city council added: “British Columbia has also proclaimed the spring equinox on March 21 as Nowruz day.”
According to the legislation, Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is considered a holiday connected to nature and related to a diversity of cultures. Since Persian is one of the 10 non-official languages spoken in Vancouver, Nowruz is recognized by the city as an official celebration.
Therefore, on 21 March, the city will welcome the Iranian community to celebrate the occasion which will also be attended by Vancouver’s mayor and members of the city council.
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