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It’s Time To Renew our Lives

"And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”  

“Whether we know it or not, our lives are acts of imagination and the world is continually re-imagined through us.”

Deep in the recesses of our hearts, a voice cries out. A fire awaits to be reignited, driving us to change.

“Live a different life,” the voice says “Live it well.” Think Good-Say Good-Act Good

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'Norooz festival has been celebrated for thousands of years from the beginning of the history of ancient Persia, as some historians agree Norooz has eight thousands years antiquity.'

Happy Norooz (Eide shoma mobarak): Happy New Year to You

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In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Persian New Year Celebration, or Norooz (Norouz), always begins on the first day of spring (20 or 21 March, depending on where it is observed). Norooz ceremonies with thousands of years history are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil.

With various local pronunciations and spellings, Norooz, meaning 'New Day' is the traditional Iranian new year holiday celebrated by Iranian people and initiated in Ancient Iran. Apart from Iran, the celebration has spread in many other parts of the world (specially the parts which belonged to the Greater Iran) including parts of West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, between kurdish population of Turkey, the Crimea, Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia, amongst others.

The term Nowruz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (Shahanshah) of Persia on Nowruz.

We wish you all a very Happy Norouz. Hope this year will bring you much happiness and well-being, joy, contentment and inner peace. This journey we call life, is too short, too unpredictable and too fragile. Thus, let us come together in the time-honoured tradition of Norouz declaring our love for each other, our love for nature and our kinship for all living things. Happy Norouz, Happy New Year.

Kamran& Anne Mofid

 Watch a short video on Norooz

Norooz, The Persian New Year - YouTube#t=13

It is heartening to note that the Day that Norooz is celebrated (March 20) has been declared the International Day of Happiness by the United Nations. See below:

Let's reclaim happiness: March 20 International Day of Happiness