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March 20, 2017 – Noruz Iranian New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish members of the Canadian Iranian community Happy Noruz Pirooz (Persian New Year).

Noruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, the start of the spring and the start of the New Year among Iranians. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new day/daylight”. Noruz is celebrated March 20-21 each year, at the time the sun enters Aries.  The festival is celebrated in Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan and by the Diaspora around the world.

On the first day of Noruz, families gather around tables set with the Haft Seen or the seven articles that symbolize the triumph of good over evil as they await the exact moment of the arrival of spring.  At this time, gifts are exchanged.

During the Noruz holidays, people visit family, friends and neighbours, before the 13th day of the spring.  On the 13th day of spring, families avoid the bad luck associated with the number thirteen by going outdoors and having picnics and parties.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home.

As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.


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