President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden shared a statement on Sunday celebrating the Persian holiday of Nowruz.
“Jill and I send our best wishes to everyone celebrating Nowruz in the United States and around the world today – including in Iran and across the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Caucuses and Europe,” said a declaration of the White House said.
The Nowruz festival marks the Persian New Year and is celebrated on the spring equinox.
“The Nowruz holiday brings family and friends around the table to thank loved ones, count our blessings, share meals and gifts, reflect on the year that has passed, and welcome the arrival of spring and the possibilities of a new season,” the statement added.
According to the Bidens, the festival is “a recognition and celebration of the vibrant cultures and friendships of our many diaspora communities in America who make extraordinary contributions and strengthen the fabric of our nation every day.”
The statement added that “the spirit of new beginnings and the joy of Nowruz” is reflected in the White House’s Haft-Sin painting, which depicts “our hopes for the new year.”
“To everyone celebrating Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak – we wish you a happy Nowruz,” the Bidens said.