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Saturday Mar 20, 2021
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Nowruz 2021 being celebrated worldwide today

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Web Desk
As per NPR, in every household a 'haftseen' table is decorated with seven items, as seven is considered a lucky number. The American broadcaster reported that each item begins with the letter sin (s) in Persian, and each item is a symbol of spring and renewal. Photo: Turmeric & Saffron via NPR

People across the world are observing Nowruz, the Persian new year, today. 

Nowroz is celebrated yearly across the globe when the spring equinox begins and is the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. 

The day has Iranian and Zoroastrian origins, and as per the UN it has been celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans and South Asia.

Read more: Pakistani diaspora celebrates Nawruz in Berlin with dance, music and delicious food

This year's Nowroz coincides with the International Day of Happiness. As per the United Nations, the day is "to be happy" and is celebrated since 2013. 

To observe Nowruz Google on Saturday created a special doodle to welcome the spring equinox. 

Google Doodle on Nowruz. Photo: Screengrab

Apart from Google, world leaders also shared messages on various platforms on Nowruz. 

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres remarked that "Nowruz serves as inspiration to recover and rebuild in a more just and durable way, in harmony with nature" as the world rebuilds amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a video message, highlighted that the day was being observed amid the coronavirus pandemic and urged people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi wished "peace, prosperity and happiness to all those celebrating Nowruz.

Even the Swedish foreign minister extended wishes to the people around the world.