The word "Nowruz" is a compound of two Persian words, "now" which has
the same etymology as the English word "new" and means new, and the word
"ruz" which means both "day" and "time." Literally meaning the "new
day," nowruz is usually translated as "new year." The Persian Nowruz
begins on the very first moment of spring equinox (usually the 21st of
March). The 21st of March, therefore, is
equal to the 1st day of Farvardin of the Persian solar calendar.
Although Nowruz is adorned with the beliefs and traditions of the
Iranian people, it has a close link with one of the most important
aspect of life of all nations on the earth. The creation of the world at
the beginning of spring, growing of plants and hope in renewing the
nature's life are among the most important characteristics of Nowruz.