Nowruz, 21st of March Is A Persian New Year

nowruz

Nowruz, it also known as Persian New Year. And as you know it’s Vernal Equinox of the year and starting of Spring. We usually call as Nooruz, Novruz, Nauroz , Nowrouz, or Nevruz. Iranians not the only one who celebrates it, here is the celebrating countries list of Nowruz.

  1. Afghanistan: March 21
  2. Albania: March 22
  3. Azerbaijan: March 20
  4. Georgia March 21
  5. Iran March 21
  6. Iraq March 21
  7. Kazakhstan March 21
  8. Kosovo: March 21
  9. Kyrgyzstan: March 21
  10. Mongolia (Bayan Olgii region)
  11. Tajikistan: March 20
  12. Turkmenistan: March 21
  13. Uzbekistan: March 21

Several other regions and countries across the world also celebrate the coming of spring, including, people in western China, southern Turkey, Pakistan, Syria, and many areas of south Russia…

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Hajji Firuz or Khwaja Piruz

Hajji Firuz appears in the streets by the beginning of Nowruz. His face is covered in soot, and he is clad in bright red clothes and a felt hat. He dances through the streets while singing and playing a tambourine.

Khuneh Tekuni

A new day calls for some serious spring cleaning. The cleaning is called “sweeping the dust”, and represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year, and welcome the New Year. It is literally “shaking the house”.
Jump over the fire
After cleaning your house, enter Châhârshanbe Suri, the Zoroastrian-rooted fire-jumping festival. Literally the eve of ‘Red Wednesday’ or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year are called in. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red color; And take back my unhealthy pallor). Some practicalities: The fire is high in the beginning, and low near the end, so you get to choose how high you wanna jump!

haft seen table

haft seen table

Haft Seen

A table of seven items, all beginning with the Persian letter:

سبزه / sabzeh: lentil and/or wheat sprouts, symbolizing growth and rebirth

سیب / seeb: apple, symbolizing beauty and health

سنجد / senjed: oleaster, symbolizing love

سمنو / samanu: wheat germ pudding, symbolizing affluence

سماق / somâgh: sumac, symbolizing the color of sunrise

سیر / seer: garlic, symbolizing medicine

سرکه / serkeh: vinegar, symbolizing age and patience

Haft-sin include a mirror, candles, painted eggs, a bowl of water, goldfish, coins, hyacinth, and traditional confectioneries. A “book of wisdom” is also commonly included, which might be the Quran, Ad’iyyih-i-Hadrat-i-Mahbú, the Bible, the Avesta, the Šāhnāme of Ferdowsi, or the divān of Hafez.

sizdah bedar

sizdah bedar

Sizdah Bedar: 13th Day of Nowruz

The 13th and final day of Nowruz is nature day, Sizdar Bedar. It’s bad luck to stay indoors so everybody goes to parks, picnic etc…

Children play football, badminton and Ping-Pong, fly kites and enjoy a game of Frisbee while the elders prepare lunch. Making kebabs is a tradition and men usually take the lead. They start preparing the charcoal grill while the ladies thread the meat onto the skewers.

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