(Persia Digest) - With Iran’s initiative, in addition to being registered on the UN calendar, Nowruz has been added to the UN informal holiday list with a vote by the General Assembly.

Last year on this day, the Nowruz New Year was registered as the world's oldest intangible heritage by Unesco with the participation of 87 countries led by Iran.

Nowruz is the spring equinox and the first day of the Iranian New Year on the solar calendar on 21 March (1st day of the first month of Farvardin) celebrated from ancient times in the Persian Empire. Many peoples still celebrate Nowruz on the Iranian plateau in the beginning of spring.

Nowruz is the first day of the New Year in Iran and Afghanistan and celebrated as a national holiday in parts of Tajikistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Iraq, Georgia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Albania, China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.

Some of the customs include fireworks the night before the last Wednesday of the year, visiting the graves of the departed on the last Thursday of the year, spring cleaning, laying a special Haft Sin (seven Ss) spread, and visiting family and friends.

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