Google has joined a host of world leaders to greet the people on the Iranian New Year Navroz, also spelled Nowroz.
Google is celebrating the Iranian New Year Navroz with a colourful doodle on its homepage. Google homepage logo has been designed in a colourful way with flowers and bees to mark the observance of Navroz 2015.
Navroz, the Iranian New Year, marks the beginning of spring and the start of the year in the Persian calendar.
It is usually celebrated on March 21 with families gathering together to observe rituals. It marks the first day of the Persian New Year, or Nowruz year 1394. This event has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. The festival is considered a 'holy' day for Zoroastrians.
Obama's Message to Iran on Nowruz
President Barack Obama marked the Persian holiday Nowruz with a video message to Iranians in which he urged citizens to support a plan for nuclear de-escalation in the country.
In the video, which is subtitled in Farsi, Obama calls on Iranians to seize a "historic opportunity" for peace."
"Now it is up to all of us, Iranians and Americans, to seize this moment and the possibilities that can bloom in this new season," Obama says.
"It is early spring, try to be joyful in your heart," Obama says, quoting the Persian poet Hafez. "For decades, our nations have been separated by mistrust and fear. Now it is early spring. We have a chance ... to make progress that will benefit our countries and the world for many years to come."
The Persian new year,which coincides with the spring equinox, is celebrated as a national holiday in Iran.
Jordan's Greets Iranian Leaders on New Year
King Abdullah II of Jordan also released a separate message addressing the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. He shared his best wishes for the Iranian people on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year.
Indian Leaders Greet Parsi's on Navroz
The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister of India greeted people on the occasion of 'Navroz,' reported DNA.
President Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the occasion hoped the New Year brings happiness, prosperity and fulfillment to all sections of people and "instill pride in the glorious diversity of our plural nation".
Vice President Hamid Ansari in his Navroz message said: "May this year's festivities be a celebration of our multi-cultural and multi-religious society."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted people on the occasion. "Wishing my Parsi sisters and brothers 'Navroz Mubarak'. May the coming year fulfil all your wishes and bring happiness in your lives."