Happy Naw Ruz!

March 20, 2006

The Iranian new year, whose roots are in Zoroastrianism and which day is considered holy by Bahá'ís, began today at sunset. Called Naw Ruz in Farsi, it is an ancient day of celebration and formally ends the Bahá'í Fast. Though it is not officially condoned in Islam, many Iranians continue to mark Naw Ruz (also spelled Nowruz) with partying and by jumping over fires for good luck. In fact, I received the following beautiful prayer from an Iranian Muslim earlier today:

May Peace prevail on earth.
May all humans live in Justice.
May God enrich our hearts in Love.
May the angles purify our souls from hatred.

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Happy Naw-Ruz!