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Nevruz, commonly known as Nowruz, meaning "The New Day" is the name of the New Year in Eastern Traditions. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. Nowruz is celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths. It is celebrated by peoples of Turkey, Azerbaijan, the North Caucasus, Iran, Northern Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other scattered populations in Central Asia.
In 2010, the General Assembly of United Nations recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it as a spring festival which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years calling on world countries to draw on the holiday's rich history to promote peace and goodwill. During the meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Also the Parliament of Canadian, by unanimous consent, has passed a bill to add Nowruz to the national calendar of Canada, on March 30, 2009.
Founded by Turkish-Canadians of Calgary in 2006, Burç Intercultural Centre is a non-profit organization that endeavors to promote respect and mutual understanding among all cultures through partnership with other cultural organizations, and organizing festivals, arts and crafts displays and educational activities such as seminars, lectures and discussion panels. Our motto “Embrace multiculturalism. Let cultural diversity be a source of unity and strength”.