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20/03/2010

Nowrūz (Dita e Novruzit in Albanian, نوروز in Persian, meaning 'New Day')


These photos were taken in London last year, where the first ever Newroz or Nowrūz festival was held at Trafalgar Square. Amongst many performers there was two folk dance groups called Govenda Asti and Azadiya Perperok.
Nowrūz (Dita e Novruzit in Albanian, نوروز in Persian, meaning 'New Day') is the traditional Iranian new year (Persian) ceremony.
Nowruz is celebrated and observed by
Iranian peoples and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including Turkey, parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia. The only Hindu ethnic group that celebrates Nowruz is the Kashmiri Pandit community. Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar.

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