Definition of Nowruz in English:

Nowruz

noun

(also Newroz)
  • 1The first day of the Iranian new year, occurring on the vernal equinox (usually March 20 or 21)

    ‘Iranian expats arranged a night of traditional music, food, and celebration to count down to Nowruz’
    • ‘Many countries celebrate Nowruz as a public holiday.’
    • ‘The beginning of the Persian New Year coincides with the vernal equinox, which means that this year Nowruz would not start at the stroke of midnight.’
    • ‘Nowruz marks the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one, and it occurs on the day of the vernal equinox.’
    • ‘Once the day of Nowruz arrives, it kicks off a 13-day celebration of dinners, family visits, and reflections on the year ahead.’
    • ‘On the actual day of Nowruz you can expect to see a couple of dishes that are specific to the holiday.’
    • ‘This year, Nowruz lands in the evening of March 20.’
    • ‘After enduring months of wintry weather, hundreds of millions of people are gearing up to celebrate the start of spring by marking Nowruz.’
    • ‘I would then begin counting the days to Nowruz.’
    • ‘There's a saying that what you do on the night of Nowruz, you will do for the whole year.’
    • ‘There is still a widespread belief that on the morning of Nowruz a child or a handsome adult must knock at the door.’
    1. 1.1A period of celebration marking the start of the Iranian new year and typically lasting for thirteen days.
      ‘on the last day of Nowruz, people try to spend the day out of the house’
      • ‘One of the best meals I had last year was a dinner celebrating Nowruz.’
      • ‘Iran offers a 14-day long vacation for schools and universities on the occasion of Nowruz.’
      • ‘My husband and I are arriving in Tehran in the middle of Nowruz.’
      • ‘People moved out of the towns and celebrated the end of Nowruz in parks, gardens, and along the streams.’
      • ‘This beginning and end of Nowruz are considered important celebrations.’
      • ‘Family visits throughout Nowruz become a means of putting an end to sulkiness and estrangement.’
      • ‘Celebrations are being held in Tehran that will continue throughout Nowruz.’
      • ‘There is also a plate of sprouts, symbolizing new vegetable life, which are kept till the thirteenth day of Nowruz.’
      • ‘The thirteen days of Nowruz are spent visiting relatives, giving gifts, and enjoying the company of family and friends.’
      • ‘The government offices and banks are closed for the first five days of Nowruz.’

Pronunciation

Nowruz

/ˌnōˈro͞oz/ /ˌnoʊˈruz/

Origin

Persian, literally ‘new day’.