Menendez, Cornyn Introduce First-Ever Resolution Recognizing Nowruz - The Persian New Year

Menendez, Cornyn Introduce First-Ever Resolution Recognizing Nowruz - The Persian New Year

Resolution would officially recognize the cultural and historical significance of the holiday

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced a resolution honoring and celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Together with H.Res. 267 in the House of Representative, passage of the resolution would mark the first time Congress has formally recognized this cherished holiday for people of Iranian descent.

The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Roland Burris (D-IL), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), John McCain (R-AZ), Russell Feingold (D-WI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Carl Levin (D-MI). Nowruz is celebrated at the Vernal Equinox, which this year takes place on March 20 at 1:32pm (Eastern time).

"Recognizing the historical and cultural significance of the Persian Nowruz holiday is an important and long-overdue milestone," said Senator Menendez. "Nowruz is both an ancient Persian ritual and a moment of renewal that celebrates life. I am honored to represent a vibrant Iranian-American community in my home state of New Jersey, where they have contributed to our collective prosperity, cultural richness and diversity. With the coming of a new season, let us reflect on the precious humanity that we all share. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all people of Iranian descent a healthy and prosperous new year."

"The celebration of Nowruz is an important and meaningful occasion for millions of people of Iranian descent around the world each year," said Senator Cornyn. "Its origins and significance embody the belief that each individual's conduct should reflect compassion for our fellow human beings-regardless of ethnicity or religion. It is my privilege to wish Iranian-Americans and the people of Iran a new year filled with peace and hope."

"One of the many strengths of our country is the diversity of our population and our appreciation, respect, and inclusion of diverse cultures," said Senator Webb. "Iranian-Americans have made important contributions toward our nation's success, and I congratulate them on this culturally and historically significant day."