Muscat: People from New York to Central Asia are coming together to commemorate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which was first celebrated in ancient Iran.
According to the United Nations, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature, promoting the values of peace and solidarity. International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the holiday's diversity and roots, saying, "Today, people of various backgrounds and different walks of life join together, united in their celebration Persian culture and the new year. This harmony stems from the theme of Nowruz-one that is based in the universal principles o hope, renewal, and continuity."
US President Donald Trump stated, "I send my warmest wishes to those in the United States and around the world observing the ancient holiday of Nowruz.
"Nowruz is a special time of thanksgiving and celebration for many across western and central Asia, and especially in Iran, to gather and reflect on the blessings of the previous year as they prepare with a renewed spirit of optimism for the coming of spring," he added.
In Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, "A Happy Nawroz to all those celebrating it."
His Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, also wished the world a happy Nowruz, saying "May everyone be happy and be blessed with good health.