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Nowruz as Tajikistan's Official New Year?

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Tajikistan, Arts & Culture, Ideas

The celebration of Nowruz has been [1] an increasingly important part of Tajikistan's culture and politics since independence in 1991. Tajikam blog proposes [2] [tj] that it is time to elevate the holiday's status by redrawing the calendar:

If we want Nowruz to serve the goal of the [cultural] revival of our nation, the holiday should mark the official beginning of a new year in the country…