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Wed, 2018-Mar-21 01:34 UTC
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Welcome to popular Wiki of the Day where we read the summary of a popular Wikipedia page every day.
With 206,770 views on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 our article of the day is Nowruz.
Nowruz (Persian: نوروز Nowruz, [nouˈɾuːz]; literally "new day" or "day of renewal") is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by Iranians, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.
Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.
Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.
This recording reflects the Wikipedia text as of 01:34 UTC on Wednesday, 21 March 2018.
For the full current version of the article, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz.
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