The PM greeted the people on the occasion of Navroz (21st March 2022).
- Navroz is also known as Parsi New Year.
- In Persian, ‘Nav’ stands for new, and ‘Roz’ stands for the day, which literally translates to ‘new day’.
- Though celebrated in March globally, Navroz arrives 200 days later in India and is celebrated in the month of August as the Parsis here follow the Shahenshahi calendar that doesn’t account for leap years.
- In India, Navroz is also known as Jamshed-i-Navroz, after the Persian King, Jamshed.
- The king Jamshed is credited with having created the Shahenshahi calendar.
- Interestingly in India, people celebrate it twice a year – first according to the Iranian calendar and the second according to the Shahenshahi calendar which is followed by people here and in Pakistan.
- The tradition is observed by Iranians and Zoroastrian around the world.
- Navroj was inscribed in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of India in 2009.