## Naw-Rúz Naw-Rúz (literally _new day_) is the Bahá'í new year festival and falls at the spring equinox, although it has been fixed at 21st March for countries outside the Middle East. Naw-Rúz symbolises the new life of spring. ![Bahá'í garden with lawns and star-shaped flower beds](http://www.bbc.co.uk/s taticarchive/1c95d234da9c079978f4ec3319adf81cbc03b50e.jpg) Naw-Rúz is the first day of the month of Baha which is the first month in the Bahá'í calendar. The festival is usually observed with meetings for [prayer](http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/customs/prayer_1.shtml) and celebration. The celebration is often combined with a feast as the sunset before Naw-Rúz signals the end of a [19-day fast](http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/customs/fasting.shtml). Festivities can also include music and dancing. Time is spent visiting friends and relatives and exchanging gifts. Naw-Rúz is one of the nine Bahá'í holy days on which work is suspended. Naw-Rúz is an old Iranian celebration and also marks the start of the [Zoroastrian new year](http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/zoroastrian/hol ydays/noruz.shtml).
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