RECOGNIZING THE CELEBRATION OF NOWRUZ
HON. HENRY A. WAXMAN
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 23, 2009
Mr. WAXMAN. Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Nowruz, a traditional Persian holiday taking place this week that celebrates the arrival of spring. Dating back more than 3,000 years, Nowruz is observed by millions of people of Persian descent in the United States, Iran, Iraq, Central Asia, and many other regions of the world. The two-week holiday symbolizes renewal, health, happiness, and prosperity. The holiday’s ecumenical values are celebrated by adherents of many religions including Islam, Judaism, Zorastrianism, and the Bahai’i faith. It is considered a special time to share with family and friends and honor cultural traditions.
Here in the United States, Nowruz serves to remind us of the many noteworthy and lasting contributions of Iranian-Americans to the social and economic fabric of American society. I am pleased to join Iranian-Americans in my congressional district and others around the country and around the world in honoring this special occasion.
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