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Happy New Year 1393 AH Solar
Persian New Year and begin to live again Nature's all congratulate you and wish the best for you and your family wish to God believers. According to tradition, the Sal Tahvil or the Sa’ate Tahvil is the first moment of the new year. Every year the equinox occurs at a different point in time, so the date, although accurately measured (to the day and time) is different each year, but close to March 21st.Zoroastrianism has a rich heritage of mythological and astrological symbolism that illustrates the significance of Nowruz. The word Nowruz, means “New Day”, and the primal origin of the festivities lies in the universal rhythms of the earth and nature. The earth, in its movement on an elliptical path around the sun experiences four important events: Winter Solstice (longest night of the year), Summer Solstice (longest day of the year), and the two equinoxes (when day and night are equal in length). In Northern Hemisphere, when the earth moves from the winter solstice toward the summer solstice, in the middle of the way, it faces the spring equinox. At the beginning of the spring when the earth wants to wake up from its winter sleep, and change from snow and coldness to color and warmth, the spring equinox occurs. A complete turn of the earth around itself makes up a day. Along its elliptical path around the sun, the earth completes a turn in 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds making up a complete year. In four years those additional hours make up a complete day and then we have a leap year, which is one day longer than normal years. Historically the New Year celebration goes back to the times of the legendary king of Persia, Jamshid, who is said to have introduced the solar reckoning into the Persian calendar, and also determined the time when the sun enters the constellation of Aries from Pisces constellation, as the beginning of the year.

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