Clinton delivers message for Persian New Year

On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, celebrated by Iranians, Afghans, Kurds, Azeris, and other people across Central Asia and the rest of the world, Secretary Clinton delivered a message, which included these remarks: The spring equinox is a time of reflection and renewal across cultures and continents — signifying the hope of ...

By , copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009-2016 and was an assistant editor from 2007-2009.
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On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, celebrated by Iranians, Afghans, Kurds, Azeris, and other people across Central Asia and the rest of the world, Secretary Clinton delivered a message, which included these remarks:

On the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, celebrated by Iranians, Afghans, Kurds, Azeris, and other people across Central Asia and the rest of the world, Secretary Clinton delivered a message, which included these remarks:

The spring equinox is a time of reflection and renewal across cultures and continents — signifying the hope of rebirth, health, and prosperity. This is an opportunity to remember how much we have in common — the aspirations we all share for a peaceful and prosperous future — and to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms that are our universal birthright. As the Iranian poet Simin Behbahani writes, “we are all parts of the same body, similar in essence.” On this Nowruz, we honor those common bonds.

President Obama also once again delivered a Nowruz message. For what Obama should have ideally said to the people of Iran in his Nowruz message, check out Karim Sadjadpour’s FP piece, “The Message Obama Should Send to Iran.”

In the photo above:  Goldfish swim in bowls at a market in Tehran on March 20 as Iranians shop for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Traditionally, goldfish are among the items that Iranians buy during Nowruz celebrations.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009-2016 and was an assistant editor from 2007-2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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