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Nah Ruz Greetings

Naw Ruz ("New Day") is the Baha'i and Iranian new year, which falls on the date of the vernal (spring) equinox and symbolizes the renewal of the world after winter. For most Iranians, Naw Ruz is the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar year. Since ancient times, it has been the great national holiday of Iran, the only holiday celebrated by more than one religious group. During this day people join in making a fresh start, full of joy and hope for the coming year. Families and friends may gather at a celebratory dinner wearing new clothes and offering gifts to the children present. The table is decorated with fruit, coloured eggs, sweets, as well as symbolic objects such as holy book and a mirror. The festival embodies a wealth of ancient rites and customs, and is part of the traditions of various groups. Naw Ruz is celebrated wherever Iranian culture has spread, particularly among the Zoroastrians of India, as well as amongst some of the peoples of Afghanistan, India, Syria and Turkey.
 For people of the Baha'i faith, Naw Ruz is the "Day of God." Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i tradition, declared this day to be one of feasting following a religious fast. Naw Ruz is one of the nine Baha'i holy days on which work is to be suspended. The day is often marked by prayer and celebration. We extend best wishes to all staff, students, and community members celebrating Naw Ruz.


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