This week, millions of people around the world celebrated Nowruz, an ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and a new year. Communities of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage celebrate this time of the year with their families and friends. Many Americans also celebrate this occasion, sharing with a new generation the cherished traditions of their ancestors.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared his wishes for a happy Nowruz to those celebrating. “Nowruz is a time to look toward the coming year with hope and optimism. We look forward to celebrating this new spring together, and hope that this Nowruz brings peace and prosperity to all,” he said.
President Donald J. Trump also extended best wishes to all those around the world celebrating Nowruz. In a statement, he reflected on the meaning of Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian. “It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land,” he noted.
The President continued to highlight the rich history of Iranian-Americans, noting the group has been one of the most successful and diverse immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. “They come from diverse religious backgrounds -- including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i -- but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage.”
President Trump concluded with a wish on behalf of the American people, “To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz: On behalf of the American people, I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth. Nowruz Pirouz (Happy Nowruz).”
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