March 21, 2011

Nowruz & Holi — have a happy spring!

© Habib R. Sulemani
IT'S Nowruz today — the Iranian calendar's New Year! It starts with the arrival of spring season.

Besides Iran and Pakistan, traditionally it is being celebrated in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Georgia, Albania, Kosovo and some other regions of the world. 

It's not only a cultural event but has also religious colors! Besides sects in Shia Islam, Zoroastrians and Bahais also observe this day in deep reverence and worship around the world. This day bridges the gaps among many religious and ethnic groups in a larger part of planet earth. 

In the meanwhile, the Hindu community in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, Mauritius, Fiji, United Kingdom and United States is celebrating the colorful spring festival: Holi.

On this special occasion, we hope that this year would bring real democratic changes in the oppressed parts of the world, especially in the Middle East, which is the bone of contention in our world today. Wish you all a happy Nowruz and delightful Holi.

The Terrorland Team

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