[37] Bill 15 Original (PDF)

Bill 15 2003

An Act to proclaim
the first day of spring as
Norouz Day


Ontario citizens of Persian descent have made significant contributions to the development of our province. Their traditions have enhanced the rich cultural fabric of Ontario.

The first day of spring is equivalent to the Vernal Equinox. This marks the commencement of spring and the Iranian solar calendar.

In most parts of Central Asia, this day is celebrated as Norouz, the authentic Persian New Year. Observed as an official national festival in Iran (Persia) prior to the time of the Persian Empire of the Achaemenids, it is still celebrated today as the most important national and cultural event amongst Persians, and for centuries this special festive occasion has been respected and observed by many of the nations and diverse peoples of Central Asia.

In Ontario, the traditions of Norouz and the celebration of Persian culture are observed by the Iranian-Canadian community as well as by others of Central Asian origin.

It is appropriate to recognize the first day of spring as Norouz Day in Ontario.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Norouz Day

1. The first day of spring in each year is proclaimed as Norouz Day.


2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

3. The short title of this Act is the Norouz Day Act, 2003.



The Bill proclaims the first day of spring in each year as Norouz Day.