To my Persian and Afghan friends (particularly my interpreters), happy Nowruz.
It seems far more sensible to mark your New Year celebration during springtime rather in the dead of winter.
Best wishes from Kip and hopes that there will be positive changes to celebrate this year.
PS. For those wishing a good expat blog on Iranian affairs, check out http://uskowioniran.blogspot.com/ . The Uskowi family had been in the middle of Iranian politics for many years until they were forced to flee after Khomeini took power.