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Canada Parliament Recognizes 'Nowruz Day'

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Canadian parliament has designated the vernal equinox or the first day of spring as 'Nowruz Day', marking the Persian New Year.

Liberals' motion, which was initially rejected by conservatives last week, passed through the House of Commons by unanimous consent on March 30th, 2009, Toronto Iranians reported.

Establishing Nowruz Day is breakthrough in recognizing the influential role of the Iranian-Canadian community in Canadian life and culture, said Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Despite resistance from Conservative government members, I am happy to see that the Parliament of Canada has designated the first day of spring as Nowruz Day, he said.

"This recognition by the Canadian Parliament of such an important cultural tradition underscores our commitment to the multicultural society we have built together."

Liberal parliamentarian for Richmond Hill Bryon Wilfert also expressed his delight saying, "This is a victory for multiculturalism and specifically for all those Canadians of Persian descent that hold the celebration of Nowruz so dear."

"This is not just a matter of recognition, but gives Iranian-Canadians the respect they deserve."

Source: Press TV

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