Navroz : Iranian New Year
Google Doodle is celebrating the Iranian New Year Navroz, a festival that is celebrated by Parsis all across the globe.
- Navroz is an Iranian and Persian New year. The word ‘now’ means ‘new’ and roz means ‘day’.
- Therefore, the word translates to a new day.’
- It marks the beginning of the spring seasonand is celebrated with great fervour by members of the Parsi community across the globe.
- The festival of Nowruz is named after the Persian king, Jamshed, who is credited for creating the Persian or the Shahenshahi calendar.
- It is said that the festival came to India courtesy of an 18th-century wealthy tradesman from Surat, Nusservanji Kohyaji,who often travelled to Iran and began celebrating Nowruz in India.
- It is listed in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of India.
- In India, the festival is observed around August 16-17 by the Parsi community following the Shahenshahi calendar which does not account for leap years,