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No Ruz new day or New Year as the Iranians call it is a celebration of spring Equinox It has been celebrated by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia Sumerians 3000BC Babylonians 2000 BC the ancient kingdom of Elam in Southern Persia 2000BC Akaddians all have been celebrating it in one form or another What we have today as No Ruz with its uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian belief system This was the religion of Ancient Persia before the advent of Islam 1400 years ago It is known as the mother religion in the area The familiar concepts of Hell Heaven Resurrection coming of the Messiah individual and last judgment were for the first time incorporated into this belief system They still exist in Judo-Christian and Islamic traditions In order to understand No Ruz we have to know about Zoroastrians cosmology These people believed in two primal forces In their ancient text Bundahishn foundation of creation we read that The Lord of Wisdom residing in the eternal light was not God He created all that was good and became God The Hostile Spirit Angra Mainyu Ahriman residing in the eternal darkness created all that was bad and became the Hostile Spirit The word anger in English comes from the same origin Everything that produced life protected and enriched it was regarded as good This included all forces of nature beneficial to humans Earth waters sky animals plants were all good Justice honesty peace health beauty joy and happiness were regarded as belonging to the good forces All that threatened life and created disorder belonged to the hostile spirits The two worlds created did not have a material form but the essence of everything was present The two existed side by side for three thousand years but completely separate from each other At the end of the third millennium
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