Historically, Noruz is the traditional Iranian new year holiday
Today is... ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’
On this day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration (in South Africa) against the apartheid "pass laws". The General Assembly called on the international community to redouble efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
Today is... ‘World Poetry Day’
In celebrating World Poetry Day UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
Today is... ‘World Down Syndrome Day’
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.