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What is Nowruz?

What is Nowruz?

Nowruz, literary “New-day”, is the traditional Iranian new year celebration.  It has been celebrated in Iran for over two thousand years by all the people regardless of ethnicity, religion, or language.  It’s non-ethnic, non-religious characteristic is the precise reason for the fact that it is still prominent outside the political boundaries of modern Iran and is celebrated by people of Central Asia, Caucasus, and many other places in West Asia.  It has also been adopted as the official New Year feast of the Baha’i faith, due to their roots in Iran. Read more

Fasli Muktad and Prayers



Jamshedi Navroze starts on 20th March 2009 at 5.15pm IST when Sun enters the Sign of Aries.


[Since the Sun enters Aries (Mesh Rashi) on 20th evening at 5.17 pm, humdins can start praying their Navroze nu Bhantar 33 minutes after this time, i.e.5.50 pm. 3 Khorshed Niayesh + 1 Meher Niayesh to be completed before Sunset.]


 10 days before Navroze is the Fasli Muktad called Tackchian. This is the time that Anoshe Ravans who are otherwise busy cleaning their Kerdars on the Dakhyus come down to the earth for 10 days thus requiring our praises. When they receive our praises in the form of prayers recited in their honour they depart happily and bless the home and its occupants. The list of prayers to be recited during these 18 days is as given in the attachments.


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Norooz Persian Parade 2009

Norooz Persian Parade 2009


Location: Starts: 40th Street and Madison Ave Ends: 28th street and Madison Ave , Manhattan, New York

Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2009




1. All Parade participants must be present at the Parade’s place of origin no later than 9:30 a.m. on the date of the Parade.

2. Proper attire and dress is required. All groups must obtain written approval of their desired attire prior to the Parade.

3. The New York City Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and other security patrols will be helping us with safety issues. You must comply with any requests they may make of you for the safety of the other participants and viewers. The Parade will be mo nitored and under video surveillance.

4. All Parade participants and units must stay in their assigned order, unless specifically directed otherwise by a Parade official.

5. No material, object or item may be thrown to any crowd or viewer. Distribution of literature, canvassing and/or soliciting donations or contributions is also prohibited.

6. No person shall ride on the hood, roof, trunk or doorframes of vehicles. No person shall jump on or off of any vehicle.

7. No participant shall consume any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance prior to or during the Parade; use foul language; or argue with or refuse to follow the direction of a Parade volunteer. Any disobedience or misconduct will result in expulsion or other disciplinary action.

8. Please do not stop on the Parade route unless instructed to do so by a Parade volunteer. Please listen to all information and follow all directions of the volunteers. Please keep the separation distance between your group and the preceding group at a safe distance, but not so far as to slow the progress of the Parade.

9. There is no rain date for the Parade. The Persian Parade Day Committee reserves the right to cancel the Parade for inclement weather or any other public safety concern.


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Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

NoRuz Details

Nowruz 2568 (1388) will begin on: با شادباش نوروز – تحويل سال نو تحويل سال نو ۲۵۶۸ – ساعت ۲ و ۱۷ دقيقه و ۳۰ ثانيه بعد از ظهر جمعه اول فروردين ۱۳۸۸ در ايران

India – Mumbai Time on 20th March 2009 at 4:14: 30 secs pm

Tehran: Friday: 03:14:00 PM March 20, 2009

Toronto Canada Time on 20th March 2009 at 6:44:30 secs am

New York: Friday 07:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Chicago: Friday 06:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Denver: Friday 05:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Los Angeles: Friday 04:44:30 AM March 20, 2009

London: Friday 11:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Paris: Friday 12:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Berlin: Friday 12:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Athens: Friday 01:44:00 PM March 20, 2009

Moscow: Friday 02:44:00 PM March 20, 2009

Tokyo: Friday 08:44:00 PM March 20, 2009

Sydney: Friday 10:44:00 PM March 20, 2009

UTC/GMT: Friday 11:44:00 AM March 20, 2009

Animal: OX 2009 is the year of the OX – Sign of Prosperity through Fortitude & Hard Work…….

The Nowruz Spread or Sofreh

Nowruz Customs – The Nowruz Spread or Sofreh


The Nowruz spread is to Nowruz, what a Christmas tree is to Christmas. Nowadays, the spread or sofreh is placed on a table. Traditionally, the sofreh was spread on the floor. There are other kinds of sofrehs such as sofreh aghd, or wedding spread (that are placed on the floor).  

Click above to read about 21st. March New Year’s Day – Nawruz Day Customs and Observances. 


Courtesy : Behram Pastakia


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