U.N. recognizes Nowruz

General Assembly Recognizes 21 March as International Day of Nowruz

United Nations, 23 February 2010: The General Assembly this afternoon recognized the International Day of Nowruz, a spring festival of Persian origin, and moved back the dates of the next high-level dialogue on Financing for Development, as it continued its sixty-fourth session.

According to the preamble of the resolution on the International Day (document A/64/L.30/Rev.2), Nowruz, which means new day, is celebrated on 21 March, the day of the vernal equinox, by more than 300 million people worldwide as the beginning of the new year. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

The Assembly called on Member States that celebrate the festival to study its history and traditions with a view to disseminating that knowledge among the international community and organizing annual commemoration events.

Welcoming the inclusion of Nowruz into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 30 September 2009, the text notes the festival’s “affirmation of life in harmony with nature, the awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal and the solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life”.

The text was introduced by Azerbaijan’s representative, who said that, as a holiday celebrated in many parts of the world with themes important to all humanity, Nowruz encouraged intercultural dialogue and understanding. Speaking after the Assembly took action on the draft, the representative of Iran marked its adoption by quoting lines of the Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi that expressed the holiday’s theme of rebirth “on our planet and in our souls”.

In its decision on the follow-up to the outcome of the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development and the 2008 Review Conference (as contained in document A/64/L.47), the Assembly changed the dates of the fourth high-level dialogue, which was to be held on 16 and 17 March 2010 at United Nations Headquarters, to 23 and 24 March 2010, in the same venue. The original dates were set by resolution 64/194 of 21 December 2009.

Also this afternoon, the Assembly took note of the payment of dues by Kyrgyzstan, Paraguay, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland and Timor-Leste, through which they reduced their arrears below the amount specified in the United Nations Charter to be able to participate in votes and other Member State privileges.

Consideration of extending the terms of ad litem judges in the United Nations internal justice system, originally planned for this meeting, was postponed to a date to be announced.

The General Assembly will meet again at a time and place to be announced.


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Dear Babak

by Souri on

I'm really sorry, I had to mention the fact that my comment was not directly addressed to your comment. It is because of a few emails that I've got recently, with the same content. All of them speak of Kamol-molk painting and all of them talk about the importation of this tradition by the Chinese and....

That was the exact response that I gave to my friends who sent those emails to me. Of course, everybody want to learn more everyday.

But nowadays we look more like a "lost & unhappy generation" who want to break it all with the past.

One big frustration, made us wanting to withdraw with our religion, our tradition,  our parents, and all our past.

At least this is how I take it!



lol ...

by reRa on

lol ... that was funny .. the thing u just said about ghorme sabzi ... hahahahah

babak pirouzian

Dear Souri; Do what pleases you....

by babak pirouzian on

Dear Souri, You do what pleases you, there is no persistence whatsoever, it was just a request based on proven negative effects on children;  explanation of "life and death" to children is most difficult, specially during Nou Rooz. Example of "Kamla ol Molk" one of master painter of our history was to explain that having gold fish is/was not part of our Nou Rooz true tradition. We may have done very many wrong things in past, it doesn't mean we have to continue doing it again. But again this may not apply to you, I learn every day and I am proud of being part of "learning evolution process". In advance; Nou Rouz Pirooz to you and yours . P.S. I respect your aunt for using seven sheen instead of seven seen 


I will keep my old tradition

by Souri on

And will have Gold fishes at my Haft Seen, no matter who brought it to us, first. It is so beautiful to see the gold fishes swimming in the water at a very colorful table.

Like every year, I will have my Gold Fishes at Nowruz, and after that I will free them in a "berkeh" or a small lake at a park....etc

Sometimes when it is really too cold and the water is icy, I return it back to the pet shop, and they always take it back.

So, I don't know why I should ruin my haft seen of Nowruz with what I grew up, for the painting of Kamalol-molk?

I like the fish and I will do it every year.
It is better to let people live their lives, instead of constantly wanting to write and re-write everything.
Many years ago, back in Iran, one of my aunt was insisting to do Haft Sheen instead of Haft Seen and she said the true Persian tradition is Haft Sheen and not Haft Seen.....She always did her Sheen and the rest of the family continue doing their Haft Seen,,,,,,,,,
So what?
Let people do what they like to do. Informing the people is a good thing. Persisting is not.
My two cents.

Sonya Nahid

Gold Fish

by Sonya Nahid on

~Sonya Nahid~

 Salaam, thank you for informing me on that. I recently forgot all about that. Mercy! I will tell my family not to use any fish.


babak pirouzian

Please do not use "Mahi Ghermez" Gold Fish......

by babak pirouzian on

Please do not use "gold fish" ( mahi Ghermez) and let others know no to use it, it's not part of Now Rouz tradition ( see old traditional paintings, including Kamal-ol-Molk's)  instead use pomegranate(s) or red apple(s) floating on a beautiful bowl of water. Millions of fishes are used every year for only few days and then they are dead and flushed in to toilets; this  may have a negative effects on children. Please pass it on.     p.s. Gold Fish idea ( mahi Ghermes) brought to Iranain by Chinese.    

Mona 19


by Mona 19 on

سوری خانوم ...

سپاس از محبت شما عزیز

مونا ؛)



by Emil on


Ali9 Akbar

Don't thank the Islamic Republic....

by Ali9 Akbar on

the Bahá'i's were behind this.....


you need the thank them   :-) 


thank you islamic republic!!!

by Anonymous8 on

great news for sure. lets give credit to source


United Nations recognizes Nowruz as an international event


Islamic Republic of Iran in a joint initiative with Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan have prepared and introduced a draft resolution entitled "International Day of Nowruz"
to the ongoing 64th session of the General Assembly of the United
Nations for its consideration and adoption. The main features of this
draft resolution are as follows:

Nowruz, which means new day, is celebrated on 21 March as the beginning
of the new year by over 300 million people all around the world and for
over 3000 years in Balkans, Black Sea Basin, Caucasus, Central Asia,
Middle East and other regions. As a vivid representation of intangible
cultural heritage, Nowruz brings hope, peace and prosperity to the
peoples, regardless of their ethnicity, political or religious views.

It plays a significant role in strengthening the ties among peoples
based on mutual respect and the ideals of peace and good-neighborhood.
Nowruz traditions and rituals reflect the cultural and ancient customs
of the civilizations of East and West which influenced those
civilizations through interchange of human values. To commemorate
Nowruz means to respect the origins, history, values and
characteristics of our     civilizations. To celebrate Nowruz also
means to promote life in harmony with nature and inseparable link with
natural cycles of renewal, solicitous and respectful attitude towards
natural sources of life.

"Nowruz" will be recognized, for the first time ever, as an international event by the United Nations through this resolution. 

This daft resolution is accessible through the following link:



Thank you so much

by Souri on

dear i am a Bahai too,

Thanks for this intensive and valuable information. I didn't know all this and am very happy to learn it from you now.

Wish you the happiest Ayyam-i-ha ever!

i am a bahai too

Souri-Jan, Your Question

by i am a bahai too on


No, it isn't usual for a Baha'is to do this, but it doesn't surprise me, nor is it forbidden. 'Abdul Baha had so much love for Iranian culture and language, as do all Iranians, as do most Baha'is. I know several non-Iranian Baha'is who compose their own Haft Sin. As they say . . . imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

'Abdul Baha would not allow the earliest pilgrims (1898) from the US to take His photograph. He was at that time, a prisoner in Akka and was under constant danger. The western pilgrims were so enamoured of His magnificent presence that they asked Him again and again, repeatedly to take a photograph.  Finally, He allowed them to take a photo of His hand! (the photo is available on the web!)

Later, when He visited Europe and the US, He allowed reporters, photographers and artists to capture His image, either in photos or portraiture.  The photo shown in the Haft Sin is taken from a well-known oil portrait of The Master (and is one of my favorites).

Photographic images of Baha'u'llah do exist but are not published. There was one an instance in which one of two Ottoman era passport photos from Baha'u'llah's exile was misguidedly released and used in a Baha'i publication, many years ago. It has been in the public domain since. With the advent of the internet, some have abused this image, even on this website. The originals of Baha'u'llah's photos are kept in the International Baha'i Archives at the Baha'i World Centre. That way, the images can be viewed in an atmosphere of reverence and respect and are not given out for reproduction.

Most Baha'is I know refrain from over-using the images of 'Abdul Baha but also, most Baha'is I know have an reproduced image of Him somewhere in their personal effects. He is, after all, that dear to us (not worshipped, but dearly loved.) There is also a black and white moving film of the Master taken in America, as well as a recording of His voice chanting, on wax cylinder.

Here is the closest we can get to the image of Baha'u'llah: //

(this shows the cabinet where the special photographs are concealed, when not viewed. A copy of at least one of the photographs exists in the Archives of the U. S. National Baha'i Center, but is similarly kept away from public display.

Thanks for asking, Souri.



نوروز در راه...


امد نو بهار با صدای طلایی خانم زویا ثابت تقدیم به عاشقان ایران عزیز



با سپاس

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Ghormeh Sabzi

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


This non stop talk of Ghormeh Sabzi is getting me really hungry.  But all I got here is my mom's Fesenjoon!


One question for you though....

by Souri on

Dear i am a Bahai too,

Isn't it true that the Bahai religion prohibits publishing and distributing the portray or picture of Baha'u'llah and Abdul baha ?

I mean, what we see in this picture, is this usual for the Bahai to do at Haft Seen?

Thank you.

i am a bahai too

the springtime of humanity

by i am a bahai too on

Merci Souri, Eid Ayyam-i-Ha Mubarak!

Marvelous news! Nourous is well on its way to becoming a universal holiday! How lovely to see the Beloved Master, 'Abdul Baha shining out from this photo. Thank you for this article Gormeh Sabzi. this is a joyful day for Iranians and Baha'is, as well as people in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, India and many other places. Also good for all those who experience joy at the first breath of spring! How good to be recreated! How great to be reborn within the springtime of humanity!


Thank you

by Fair on

for this wonderful news, this recognition of one of the most beautiful and most inclusive cultural tradtitions in the world.  I look forward to the day that we Iranians are known more in the world for our Norooz and Cyrus cylinder and other wonderful things the UN has recognized us for, and not for the criminals and rapists who have hijacked our country for the last 30 years.


Noroozetan Pirooz,




thank you for this great news...

by Souri on

And happy early Nowruz to every one.

Dear Mona and all the Bahai friends: Happy Ayyami-Ha to you and all the Bahai friends around the world and specially in Iran.

Mona 19

نرم نرمك مي‌رسد اينك بهار ....

Mona 19

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

NowRuz Pirooz Baad!

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Jashne Now Ruz pirooz baad baraye hameyeh ham meehanan gerami va hameyeh Iranian 




Eydemoon mobaarak!

by Monda on

Thanks GS!  (you've already done your haft seen?! baba mashalla be to :o)

Kourosh Aryamanesh


by Kourosh Aryamanesh on

با سپاس فراوان 

 از انتخاب اين عکس معلومه که کلۀ سرکار واقعاً بوی قرمه سبزی ميده