Last week, a large number of Iranians from around the world signed
a letter and sent it to the Google administration, asking this website to change
its logo on Norouz. Here is the full text of the letter sent to Google by
"Google, as a premier media with customers of different
cultures, can play a valuable role in promoting cultural awareness and tolerance
across the globe.
One suggestion is to put a small logo with a link to
some more information at the occasion of different new years from different
traditions (as is currently done with Christmas and New Year at Gregorian
calendar, when Santa joins Google logo).
For example Chinese new year, a
few weeks ago, and Persian new year, less than a week ahead, are valuable
opportunities to let the global message of Google be heard and appreciated
everywhere: that Google cares about its audience and its customers regardless of
their country of origin, their ethnic background, and their religious beliefs.
The number of these occasions is few, but the impact of such recognition
on global image of Google is tremendous. The value of this initiative is further
highlighted in the light of all tensions between the U.S. and the global
community following the Iraq war."
This year's Norouz has fallen on
Monday, March 20, 2006 at 9:55:35 PM Tehran's
*Haft Seen or the "Seven 'S'" is a traditional
table decorated with seven or "Haft" symbolic objects, beginning with the
Persian letter 'S' or 'Seen' set up during the Nowruz holidays. They include
Seeb (apple), Sekkeh (coin), Sonbol (Hyacinth), Seer (garlic), Sabzeh (wheat or
lentil sprouts), Somaq (Sumac), and Senjed (Bohemian Olive).
more about the traditional Norouz ceremony and the idea behind setting the Haft
Seen click here: Norouz, The
Persian New Year