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EghtesadOnline: Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov in a message on Thursday congratulated his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and the Iranian people on advent of Norouz and of the New Iranian Year, 1396.

Minnikhanov also expressed hoped that Norouz could strengthen public understanding and solidarity among people, IRNA reported.

Tatarstan president wished success, health and prosperity for Iranians in the New Year.

Norouz, as spelled in Persian, means the New Day and marks the beginning of spring according to the ancient Iranian solar calendar.

It also marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar and usually occurs on 21 March or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed

Millions of people in Iran and a number of other countries across the globe celebrate Norouz.

It is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on the day of the spring Equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hassan Rouhani Norouz Iran-Tatarstan ties Rustam Minnikhanov