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For a first, US lawmaker offers Iran new year bill

WASHINGTON (AFP) - In a likely first for the US Congress, a Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday he would introduce a resolution this week honoring Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish and Iranian New Year.
Democratic Representative Michael Honda of California said in a statement that the bill would thank Iranian-Americans for their contributions to US society and wish them and the people of Iran a prosperous new year.
"Nowruz embodies the principle that each individual's thinking, speaking, and conduct should always be virtuous," Honda said in a statement from his office that identified the project as the first of its kind in the US Congress.
Nowruz "promotes compassion for our fellow human beings irrespective of ethnicity or religion. Because of this, Nowruz maintains a unique capacity to unite people of many faiths," said Honda.
In Iran, the New Year holidays begin on March 21 and last for two weeks.
Honda planned to introduce the legislation on Thursday.

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