21 march 2018 The vernal equinox is celebrated in the countries of the Commonwealth

The holiday of Nowruz is celebrated in the Azerbaijan Republic, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan.

For more than 3000 years, the vernal equinox has been celebrated as the beginning of the new year in the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus, the Central Asia, the Black Sea region and some other regions of the world. In the Azerbaijan Republic the holiday is called Novruz, in the Republic of Kazakhstan – Nauryz Meiramy, in the Kyrgyz Republic – Public Holiday Nooruz and in the Republic of Tajikistan – International Holiday Navruz that means new day.

Through its long history this holiday has symbolized renewal, hope, friendship and harmony.

In 2009 Nowruz was included in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity along with other 76 elements of the world intangible heritage.

In 2010 the 64th UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized 21 March as the International Day of Nowruz.