The closest approximation to today’s holiday for those of us from the West is New Year. Nowruz is thought to date back to the time of Zoroaster. But then, historians do not agree on what time that might have been. Intelligent estimates differ by over a score of centuries. Nowruz has been a holiday longer than most others. The date is on – or is just one or the other side of – the vernal equinox.
The NATO crowd over at ISAF Headquarters recognized the day with some fireworks just after midnight. That’s not the traditional way to commemorate this Persian-origin holiday but Iran is not currently a NATO member.
The greeting below came to everyone at work.