• The Parsi community in India, which follows Zoroastrianism, celebrated Nowruz on March 21, marking the beginning of the New Year.
  • Nowruz begins on the first day of the Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar at the spring equinox, and continues for 12 days.
  • In 1079 AD, a Persian king Jalaluddin Malekshah introduced this festival to generate revenue and collect taxes from people.
  • It is celebrated on the spring equinox on or around 21 March on the Gregorian calendar.

Nowruz, across Central Asia, is celebrated by:

  1. weaving Toran, an ornated gateway;
  2. chalk making (similar to the Hindu tradition of making rangolis), and
  3. taking around the Loban (frankincense) in the act of ritual purity.
  4. It is known as Jamshed Navroz in India.
  5. It is inscribed in the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of India.


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