After sundown on March 20 – the eve of the vernal equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere) – Baha’is throughout the world will celebrate the start of the Baha’i New Year.
Called Naw-Ruz – “new day” in Persian, the Baha’i New Year has its roots in Persia, where the Baha’i Faith originated in the mid-1800s.
Naw-Ruz is one of nine holy days on which Baha’is suspend work. They start celebrating the holy day at sunset on March 20; often by gathering for prayer and a festive meal. (In the Baha’i calendar, days begin and end at sunset.)