On the occasion of the Nowruz (Novruz) Holiday the editorial team of commonspace.eu extend best wishes to our readers celebrating this ancient festival in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Central Asia and world-wide.
Nowruz (from the Persian word meaning new day) is the name of the Iranian/Persian New Year and is celebrated by the United Nations as the International Day of Nowruz - a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.
HAPPY NOWRUZ HOLIDAY
Image: A traditional Nowruz table, which usually includes a Mirror - symbolizing Sky; an Apple - symbolizing Earth; Candles - symbolizing Fire; Golab - rose water symbolizing Water; Sabzeh - wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants; Goldfish - symbolizing Animals and Painted Eggs - symbolizing Humans and Fertility.
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