Nowruz(Persian New Year) is Central Asia, a spring celebration of the New Year. It’s the most important festival of the year and it’s a public holiday there in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and other countries in South and Central Asia.
Nowruz begins at the exact day, hour, and minute of the spring equinox when night and day are of equal length. This is usually on 21 March. It’s the day when winter changes into spring, and it feels like a new beginning.
People prepare for Nowruz by cleaning the whole house, and everyone in the family helps out. Carpets, windows, and curtains are cleaned. Anything broken is repaired or replaced. Silverware is polished. The house is decorated with flowers. By doing this spring cleaning, people wash away the bad things from the previous year and prepare for better things to come in the new year. They also put on brand new clothes to symbolize a fresh start.
Nowruz was Celebrated by Afghan Association of Victoria for the residents of northern suburbs of Melbourne which was attended by more then 600 Afghans living in Hume city council and City of whittlesea.