نوروز meaning “New Day” is the traditional ancient Iranian festival and also the First Day of the Iranian New Year. It is principally observed and celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. In recent years, it is mostly referred to as Nowruz in the English literature. It is also spelled as Norouz, Norooz, Narooz, Nawruz, Newroz, Newruz, Nauruz, Nawroz, Noruz, Novruz, Nauroz, Navroz, Naw-Rúz, Nowroj, Navroj, Nevruz, Neyruz, Navruz, Navrez, Nooruz, Nauryz, Nevruz, Nowrouz, and possibly many other forms.
It seems none of those forms are truly representing the First Day of the Iranian New Year. Even some of them like Norouz, Norooz, Noruz, and so on bring a negativity to this day when it is a time of joy and celebration.
Why not write as “Know Rooz”?
What do you think?
Manouchehr Saadat Noury, PhD
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