Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday greeted Iraqi people on the occasion of Nowruz Spring Festival saying that this year's festival comes in conjunction with victory, security and peace.
In a press release, the prime minister hailed the Iraqis especially Kurds on the occasion of the festival, hoping that Iraqis will witness happiness and prosperity especially after the victories achieved by Iraqi army in its war against terrorism.
Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.
It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans. It marks the first day of the first month in the Iranian calendar.
Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs on 21 March or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed.
Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians.