Nevruz Spring Festival

Discover Turkey and join Nevruz celebrations

A Celebration of Spring

Nevruz, which means new day, is considered as the new year by Turks and Persians in Central Asia. It symbolizes nature, abundance, mobility and milestone in the lives of communities.

Nevruz

Nevruz, which is known by different names in Anatolia, such as Sultani Nevruz, Nevruz Sultan, Mart Dokuzu and Mart Bozumu is still a living and vibrant tradition in Turkish society.

Nevruz means new day and is a celebration of spring that is regarded as the first day of the year in many societies. Nevruz is widely celebrated in the northern hemisphere. According the Gregorian calendar, Nevruz begins on March 21st. On the day of Nevruz, the awakening of nature is celebrated and forged iron as ancient Turkish tradition.

The festival promotes the values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families, as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and various communities.

Symbols and Traditions

Nevruz is associated with various local traditions. Forging iron, leaping over open flames, as well as traditional songs and dances mark spring festival.

Traditional family meals and public meals are common to almost all the regions.

Children are the primary beneficiaries of the festivities and take part in a number of activities, such as decorating hard boiled eggs.

Women play a key role in organizing Nevruz and passing on its traditions.

Nevruz Rhyme

Nevruz, Nevruz for spring.
Roses, roses for day.
May there be roses in our garden.
May there be roses and nightingales.

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Nevruz Spring Festival was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

  • Official Name: Nevruz Spring Festival
  • Criteria: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
  • Date of Inscription: 2009
A Celebration of Spring
Nevruz Celebrations, Tekirdag