Reza Pahlavi’s family celebrated Nowruz with Farah Pahlavi

Spring carries the energy of something new; something fresh, filled with potential and eager to grow. Besides the scent of blooming hyacinths and the extra hour of daylight, the first day of spring also coincides with Persian New Year 2023. This holiday—also known as “Nowruz”—is a celebration of love, fertility and spiritual renewal that spreads the message of hope far and wide. Winter was long and hard—especially in Iran—but the promise of spring is enough to keep us going. This year, Nowruz lands on March 20 if you live in the western hemisphere, taking place at exactly 5:24 p.m. ET. Although Nowruz is associated with being, this holiday can be celebrated by literally anyone, so please take this as a personal invitation to partake in the energizing and optimistic festivities. Nowruz is also considered a public holiday and heavily celebrated in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kurdistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and certain parts of Russia.

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