With nearly 100,000 Iranian born residents and more than 160,000 residents of Iranian descent living in Canada, as well as nearly 40,000 Afghans, well over a quarter of million people begin celebrating the New Year today. The exact moment of the new year is called Tahvil and Nowruz lasts 12 days in Iran. The Persian New Year marks the first day of spring and the celebration's origins can be traced back to the Zoroastrian tradition. The word Nowruz is a compound word, combining "now" which means "new," and "roz" which means "day."As the holiday coincides with the vernal equinox, its date changes every year. For more photos of today's CFN Persian New Year celebrations CLICK HERE and from all of us here at CFN, Happy New Year!