Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has designated the new Iranian calendar year of 1396 as the “Year of Economy of Resistance: Production and Employment."
In his televised message to the nation on the occasion of the Persian New Year on Monday, the Leader cited Iran’s security “in this turbulent regional and international environment” as “a very important and great factor.”
Monday, March 20th, marks the grand festival of Nowruz. On this day, Iranians usher in the Persian New Year at the exact moment of the vernal equinox which marks the start of spring.
Being originally a festival of Persian origin, Nowruz is also celebrated by hundreds of millions of people from other ethno-linguistic groups in a dozen countries.