Shepparton Nawruz Celebration 2019

Nawruz is a Persian festival which is celebrated by people in Afghanistan, Iran Tajikistan, Kurdistan and other parts of the Persian-speaking world. Nawruz is the first day of Hamal (Farvardin), the first month of the Afghani or Iranian solar year. Since ancient times it has been the great national holiday.


Despite more than thirty years of bitter warfare, the Afghans remain proud of their culture, traditions, and ancient history and civilisation. This pride is displayed most dramatically in the celebrations surrounding the Nawruz or the Persian New Year on 21 March.

Nawruz is a Persian festival which is celebrated by people in Afghanistan, Iran Tajikistan, Kurdistan and other parts of the Persian-speaking world. Nawruz is the first day of Hamal (Farvardin), the first month of the Afghani or Iranian solar year. Since ancient times it has been the great national holiday. In the Persian language it is also known as “sol-e-naw” which means new year. On this day all over Afghanistan and Iran special ceremonies are arranged and people gather to welcome enthusiastically the onset of a new year with singing, dancing, picnics and special dishes.

The celebration of Nawruz in the Persian-speaking world goes back hundreds of years. In 2010 the United Nations General Assembly recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it as a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. The festival has since been officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The word “Nawruz” is a compound of two Persian words, “naw” which means new and has the same etymology as the English word and “ruz” which means both “day” and “time.” Literally meaning the “new day,” Nawruz is usually translated as “new year.” Nawruz begins on the first day of spring (usually the 21st of March). This date represents the first day of the first month of the Afghan year according to the solar calendar (also known as Hamal 1390). The difference between the Afghan and occidental calendar is 621 years.

 

Nowruz 2019
Afghan community enjoys Nowruz 2019 at Kidstown, Shepparton

 

Nowruz 2019
Afghan community enjoys Nowruz 2019 at Kidstown, Shepparton

 

Nowruz 2019
Afghan community enjoys Nowruz 2019 at Kidstown, Shepparton

 

 

 

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