Nowruz Bayram, the spring festival of the equinox and the beginning of the year, is celebrated on March 21 in most countries. Nowruz began to be celebrated more than three thousand years ago, it is one of the oldest holidays associated with agriculture. Nowruz has ancient traditions rooted in the distant past. Before Nowruz, according to tradition, it is necessary to clean up the house and around it, pay off debts and put things in order. Since Nowruz is connected with agriculture in the spring, the celebration also includes dishes from various kinds of cereals – from wheat and millet, corn and barley, from lentils, beans, beans and rice. The traditional festive dish in many countries where Nowruz is celebrated is sumalak, which is prepared according to a special recipe from germinated wheat.
Since 2010, Nowruz in the world is also celebrated under the auspices of the UN, as the International Day of Nowruz. On the initiative of the countries where Nowruz is traditionally celebrated – Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Albania, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Macedonia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan – the United Nations decided to celebrate Nowruz as an international holiday. In addition, in 2009, Nowruz was included in the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind.