FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Franklin is a very diverse town, home to close to 70 different spiritual houses of worship, and over 65 different languages being spoken at home by public school students. 

The township council made two proclamations that showed just how diverse the town is, Holi a Hindu spring festival, and Nowruz the Persian New Year.

Nowruz the Persian New Year is this upcoming Monday, March 20, and the township council proclaimed it as "Nowruz Day" in Franklin Township and extend greetings to all Persians in the township. 

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Nowruz is a significant celebration for Iranian people and many other groups throughout the world.

The day symbolizes the change of seasons by marking the first day of spring, the renewal of life, and the beginning of the New Year, according to the proclamation. 

The proclamation also states "Nowruz symbolizes the affirmation of life in harmony with nature, an awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labor and natural cycles of renewal. This day reaffirms a commitment to intercultural understanding, mutual respect and cultural diversity."

This Sunday, March 19, the Masjid-e-Ali mosque will have a table set up for the public to visit and learn more about the holiday. 

Video footage of township resident Manijeh Saba sharing additional details of the holiday can be viewed below:

Holi was celebrated this Monday, March 13, and the town council encouraged all residents to learn about its historical significance through their proclamation. 

The significance of the day has changed with time and has evolved into a sociocultural, religious and biological festival of the celebration of the joy and the colors of spring, according to the proclamation. 

The proclamation also states "the many legends associated with the festival reassure the people of the power of truth as the moral of all the legends is the ultimate victory of good over evil including the legend of Lord Krishna who started the tradition of play with colors by applying color on his beloved Radha. It is believed that play with colors helps to promote good health and have an important place in maintaining a healthy body that manifests itself in the tradition of applying Holi, which is celebrated by non-Hindus and Hindus alike, helps to bring the society together and strengthen the secular fabric of our country."

Surendra Tiwari discussing Holi

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