MPs Angie Bray, Eric Ollerenshaw and Secretary of State Sajid Javid, with Ismaili Council President Amin Mawji and other Jamati leaders at the Houses of Parliament Navroz reception. (Image credit: Riaz Kassam via TheIsmaili.com)

Members of the British Parliament invite Ismaili Leadership to celebrate Navroz at the Parliament, paying tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Community

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the Ismaili Community for everything you do for our country – from public service, charitable work, business and education. Your community is a shining example of what is so great about our country.” – British Prime Minister David Cameron “Navroz with the Ismaili community is “now an annual tradition in Parliament,” …  We … Continue reading Members of the British Parliament invite Ismaili Leadership to celebrate Navroz at the Parliament, paying tribute to His Highness the Aga Khan & the Ismaili Community

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@Simergphotos Photo Essay: Montreal’s 2015 Navroz Celebration by Muslim Harji

Photographer Muslim Harji captures the spirit of the Navroz celebrations in Canada’s 2nd largest city, Montreal, with a series of photographs portraying the beauty, diversity and happiness of the Ismaili jamat. The city is host to the largest contingency of Ismailis from Afghanistan in the Western world, and has been home to hundreds of Ismailis of South Asian origin, mainly from Africa, since the early 1970’s …

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Prime Minister Harper Visits Ismaili Centre, Vancouver

Prime Minister Harper Visits Ismaili Centre, Vancouver

Prime Minister Harper Visits Ismaili Centre, Vancouver

During his recent visit to Vancouver to celebrate Navroz, Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the opportunity to visit the beautiful Ismaili Centre, where he met with community members and extended Navroz greetings to Canada’s vibrant Ismaili community. Continue reading “Prime Minister Harper Visits Ismaili Centre, Vancouver”

Navroz Mubārak Tweet Collection

Navroz Mubārak Tweet Collection

#NavrozMubarak! May this New Year bring you great joy, good health and prosperity. http://t.co/H2oWXro0bH pic.twitter.com/yMWYWwiPae — Sen. Mobina Jaffer (@SenJaffer) March 21, 2015 In #YYC our substantial #Iranis S.Asians #Tajiks & Afghans incl all Ismailis have been celebrating #Navroz 4 past wk! pic.twitter.com/f1wjgUoyRb — Al-Karim Walli (@aswalli) March 21, 2015 Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Nowruz http://t.co/yK7lzIsWF8 — Salma Zahid … Continue reading Navroz Mubārak Tweet Collection

Prime Minister Harper visits Canadian Darkhana Burnaby Jamatkhana for Navroz

Prime Minister Harper visits Canadian Darkhana Burnaby Jamatkhana for Navroz

https://flic.kr/p/rQnQW3 https://flic.kr/p/qVSGWT https://flic.kr/p/rSxZgy Toured the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby today, beautiful facility. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/5c84BU1Fp8 — Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) March 22, 2015 With MP John Weston and Ismaili leadership. Was honoured to accompany PM to meet & greet at the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby during his March visit. #JohnWestonMP http://t.co/Krcz9ULVHn— John Weston, MP (@JohnWestonMP) April 09, 2015 #Nowroz mubarak to the Ismaili Community! We just welcomed … Continue reading Prime Minister Harper visits Canadian Darkhana Burnaby Jamatkhana for Navroz

Nowruz Messages from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama

Nowruz Messages from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama

STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER Prime Minister Stephen Harper on March 21, 2015 issued the following statement on the celebration of Nowruz: “Laureen and I would like to offer our best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz both here in Canada and around the world. “Nowruz, or ‘new day,’ is a festival that has been … Click here to read: http://simerg.com/2015/03/22/nowruz-messages-from-canadian-prime-minister-stephen-harper-and-us-president-barack-obama/ Continue reading Nowruz Messages from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama

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Minister Kenney issues statement to mark Nowruz

Ottawa, March 20, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement to mark Nowruz: “For Canadians of Persian and Central Asian descent, the spring equinox brings not only a new season, but also the ancient and joyful celebrations of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. “The word Nowruz translates to ‘New Day,’ a phrase that captures the spirit of renewal, rejuvenation, … Continue reading Minister Kenney issues statement to mark Nowruz

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Nowruz, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity says UNESCO & UN

United Nations (UN) declares March 21 as the International day of Nowruz.

Nowruz was introduced into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 30 September 2009.

A large number of Shiah Muslims including the Ismaili Muslims who follow the Aga Khan celebrate it. The UN had declared March 21 as the International day of Navroze. A more cultural than a religious festival, Navroze is celebrated by Parsis, and Muslims.

via Parsis, those sharing Persian origin celebrate Navroze

Iran: Nowruz 2010 philatelic issue (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)
Iran: Nowruz 2010 philatelic issue (Image: Scott/StampsofIran.com)

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Gardens within Bagh-e-Babur. Kabul, Afghanistan were redeveloped by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Gardens within Bagh-e-Babur. Kabul, Afghanistan

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Gardens within Bagh-e-Babur. Kabul, Afghanistan
This park was redeveloped by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

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To celebrate the new year, families gather around a specially prepared holiday table to make wishes for the coming months. Items on the haft sin table refer to new life and renewal. Haft sin table at the Freer|Sackler’s 2013 Nowruz celebration. Photo by Freer|Sackler staff photographer.

Simerg: The Beautiful Navroz Tradition of Haft Sin

HAFT SIN To celebrate Navroz, families in Iran gather around a specially prepared holiday table to make wishes for the coming months. Items on the table refer to new life and renewal, and they are based around the number seven. Click here to read at Simerg.com: The Beautiful Nowruz (Navroz) Tradition of Haft Sin Continue reading Simerg: The Beautiful Navroz Tradition of Haft Sin

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Navroz focuses on nature and spirit

Navroz, meaning ‘New Day,’ marks the beginning of the new year in the Persian calendar. Navroz has been celebrated by many cultures and religions for thousands of years. Over 2,500 years ago, the Persian Prophet Zoroaster, founder of the religion of Zoroastrianism, dedicated this ancient festival to spiritual renewal. In Zoroastrianism, Navroz is the seventh feast marking the end of the six days of creation. … Continue reading Navroz focuses on nature and spirit