Every year Baha’is from all over the world and of all cultural backgrounds celebrate Naw-Ruz, the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i Calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, with Tihran, the birthplace of Baha’u’llah, as its standard.
Naw-Ruz, which means “New Day” and which typically falls on March 20th-22nd, is a time of joy and celebration, with the darkness of winter coming to an end and the reappearance of light, warmth and the beauty of spring’s flowers. It is a day of new beginnings – of change and hope.
Naw Ruz has its origins as a Zoroastrian observance in ancient Iran and, to this day, is celebrated as a cultural festival by Iranians of all religious backgrounds. In addition to being celebrated by Iranians and members of the Iranian diaspora, the observance of Naw Ruz has also spread to many other parts of the world.
However, for Baha’is, Naw Ruz also has deep spiritual significance. Naw Ruz marks the end of the 19-day Baha’i Fast, which is a period of reflection and profound spiritual reinvigoration. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Explore Baha’i Blog’s collection of articles, videos, and resources as they relate to this important Holy Day below.
Explore “Naw-Ruz” on Baha’i Blog
In this introductory article, Susan reflects on the significance and origin of Naw-Ruz and offers some quotations from the Writings about its meaning.
Preethi shares her thoughts on Naw-Ruz and the vernal equinox. She reflects on springtime and how the Baha’i Revelation has renewed and awakened the world.
Test your understanding (or that of your friends and family!) of this holy day with our 10 question quiz.
In this article, Naysan explores the distinction between Naw-Ruz, the Baha’i holy day, and Naw-Ruz, the Iranian holiday.
Preethi offers some thoughts on her new year’s spiritual resolutions.
In this article, Sonjel shares descriptions of spring in the Baha’i Writings and her reflections on what a divine springtime signifies for us all.
Naysan offers a list of 19 meaningful personal questions to help think about the year that has just ended, the one about to begin, and our contributions to the community-building process at hand.
We interviewed the Melissa Charepoo about her multicultural children’s book that is devoted to this holy day.
Preethi ponders on the qualities of unity and service to others and how they underlie the celebrations of Ayyam-i-Ha, the observance of the Fast, and the beginning of a new year.
The Johannesburg Baha’i Choir put together an upbeat and vibrant music video for Naw-Ruz.
You can check out a Naw-Ruz celebration that was televised in Switzerland in Swiss-German.
If you’re looking for ways to beautify your space for Naw-Ruz, we demonstrate how you can make an easy wall decoration in this Creative Ideas video. If you’d like to watch our other videos in this series, you can find them here on our YouTube channel: YouTube.com/bahaiblog