Literally meaning “New Day,” Nowruz celebrates the arrival of spring and occurs on the vernal equinox. The holiday, which dates back more than 3,000 years, marks the traditional Iranian New Year and is celebrated by people of all religions in Iran and neighboring regions.
The Nowruz resolution, introduced by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19th), honors the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz by wishing Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. It recognizes that all people are deserving of human rights and religious tolerance and have the right to “exercise freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech.”
By embracing the spirit of Nowruz, the resolution serves as more than just a reminder to lawmakers about the lasting contributions of Iranian civilization to the world and noteworthy impact Iranian Americans have had on the social and economic fabric of America. It also sends a powerful gesture of goodwill to the Iranian people.
This resolution helps foster greater understanding of Iranian culture and heritage and projects an accurate and positive image of the Iranian American community. By supporting such a measure, Congress can also enhance U.S. public diplomacy efforts by cultivating American goodwill towards the people of Iran.