Iranians face dilemma as New Year and Ramadan coincide

Iranian clerics say Nowruz is a national holiday that existed before Islam. It does not contradict Muslim teachings. – Facebook pic, March 18, 2023.

TEHRAN is emptying ahead of the Persian New Year, as is the case annually, but this time around Iranians are being forced to adapt as the festival coincides with Ramadan.

Over 300 million people in a dozen countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Turkey, will wish each other “Nowruz mobarak” or Happy New Year on Tuesday, when Iranians mark the entry into the year 1402 on the Persian calendar.

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