We want to wish all a Happy Nowruz. This day marks the beginning of a New Year for the people of Iran.
Nowruz is the most important holiday in Iran, marking the official New Year of the country. It is the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. In Iran, families celebrate the New Year since the exact time of the March equinox, which is calculated every year.
In Iran, following the 1979 Revolution, some elements from the government have attempted to suppress Nowruz with very little success. These considered Nowruz a pagan holiday and a distraction from Islamic holidays. (Wikipedia)
We want to recognize all those also who are working for freedom in Iran. Freedom of speech, freedom to live and work without restrictions. Things that the West takes for granted. We are praying this year brings new hope, new freedoms and new peace for the people in Iran living under oppression.
So many are in prison there for this very wish for freedom, and more arrested every day. Let’s remember those like Arash and Golrahk Sadeghi, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, Ibrahim Firouzi, and countless other prisoners of conscience. Let us not forget the efforts of countless voices speaking for freedom. The oppression of Women, Rights Activists, and Religious Minorities in Iran is at an all time high.
I say to them, it’s a new year, a celebration of Spring, let this be the Spring that new freedom and peace is recognized for the Iranian people.
Photo Of Celebration: Wikipedia: Haft Sin, Tehran, 1389. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.Date 20 March 2010