Nowruz is celebrated in Greater Iran, Caucasus, Central Asia and by Iranians worldwide. It is a public holiday in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kashmir, and Kyrgyzstan. Also the Canadian parliament by unanimous consent, has passed a bill to add Nowruz to the national calendar of Canada, on March 30, 2009]
In Albania Sultan Nevruz is celebrated as a mainly mystical day by the Bektashi sect, and there are special ceremonies in the Tekke led by the clergy and large meals are served there. They celebrate this day as the birthday of Ali. Also all Albanians celebrate a secular version of Nowruz, called Spring Day. Nowruz is also celebrated by Kurds in Iraq and Turkey as well as by Parsis in the Indian subcontinent.
Other notable celebrations take place by Iranians around the world, such as Los Angeles, Toronto, Cologne and in United Kingdom, mainly in London. But because Los Angeles is prone to devastating fires, there are very strict fire codes in the city. No fires are allowed even on one's own property. Usually, Iranians living in Southern California go to the beaches to celebrate the event where it is permissible to build fires. On 15 March 2010, The United States House of Representatives passed The Nowruz Resolution (H.Res. 267), by a 384-2 vote, "Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, ... .".
In Iran, the Islamic Regime attempted to suppress Nowruz following the Iranian Revolution and was met with very little success. The Ayatollahs considered Nowruz a pagan holiday and a distraction from more important things such as Islamic holidays.
In Afghanistan during the reign of the Taliban, Nowruz was banned and considered an "ancient pagan holiday centered on fire worship" but until 2001 it came back and now it is as popular as it was before the extremist Taliban.
It is also a holy day for Alawites, Alevis, and adherents of the Bahá'í Faith.
Countries that have Nowruz as a public holiday Afghanistan (20 March to 23 March)
Albania (20 March to 23 March, total of 4 days)
Azerbaijan (20 March to 26 March, total of 7 days)
Azeris in Georgia (country), Georgia
Iran (20 March to 23 March, total of 4 days in general + total of 13 days for schools and universities)
(regional only in Iraqi Kurdistan) (21 March)
Kazakhstan (21 March to 24 March, total of 4 days)
Kosovo) (21 March)
Kyrgyzstan (21 March)
Tajikistan (20 March to 23 March, total of 4 days)
Turkmenistan (20 March to 23 March, total of 4 days)
Uzbekistan (21 March)[6
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