Jamshed Navroz is one of the three major festivals celebrated in the Parsi calendar. It is the first day of the first month of the Zoroastrian calendar thereby marking the Parsi New Year. The term Navroz has been derived from two Persian words, 'nav' meaning 'new' and 'roz' meaning 'day'. Hence, Navroz signifies ‘new day'. The Zoroastrians also believe that on this day, the king of Persia, Jamshed ascended the throne. King Jamshed was the one who introduced solar reckoning into the Parsi calendar. The festival is observed with immense joy, fervor, zeal and gusto. Read on further to know the date of Jamshed Navroz or Nowruz in 2017.
When Is Nowruz In 2017
Since Navroz literally means 'new day', the Zoroastrians celebrate their New Year as Navroz. It is marked on the first day of the first month of the Fasli calendar followed by the Zoroastrians. This day falls on the 21st March as per the Gregorian calendar. This date coincides with the Vernal Equinox when the length of the day equals the length of the night. Hence, Navroz marks the transition from the chilly winter to the refreshing summer. The festival also welcomes the spring season by celebrating Jamshed Navroz. The Zoroastrians mark the festival as a festival of life, hope and color. Celebrated with great enthusiasm, the festival is considered as a historic event for the Parsis.
The Parsis also commemorate Jamshed Navroz to honor the legendary king of Persia, Jamshed. King Jamshed is considered to be responsible for introducing the solar calculation in the Parsi calendar and determining the date when the sun would enter the Aries constellation to mark the beginning of the year. It was on this day that King Jamshed ascended the throne on the first day of the first month of the Parsi calendar which is Farvardin. Though the festival was initially celebrated by the Iranian people in Greater Iran, Caucasus and Central Asia, it is now observed in other parts of the world as well.
Jamshed Navroz is declared a public holiday in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kashmir and Kyrgyzstan. It is also celebrated in the Indian Subcontinent, Turkey, South Asia, Northwestern China and the Crimea, and by some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia. Other worldwide places where Iranians celebrate Jamshed Navroz include Canada, Los Angeles, Toronto, Cologne and United Kingdom, mainly in London.
Jamshed Navroz 2017: Monday Mar 20.