Iranian New Year

Nowruz is Iranian New Year Celebration which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. This holiday held in the first days of first month (Farvardin) in Iranian Calendar marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This festival deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian religion is celebrated in Iran, Iraq, Tajikestan, Kazakhstan, India, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Nowruz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This spring festival was recognized by UN General Assembly as the international day of Nowruz in 2010. Iranian people pay house visits to one another during this festival (from the first to the 13th day of spring). Typically, the youngers visit the elders first, and the elders return their visit later.

Prior to the new year, the Iranian people usually do a significant amount of Spring Cleaning to get rid of last years dirt and germs to prepare for Nowruz and a good year.

Haft Sin is one of the traditions of Iranian people. Family members usually gather around it on the first day of Nowruz and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring. Haft Sin (seven elements start with s sound in Persian language) is decorated with some items that represent the new season. The item includes Quran, the Holy Book; Hafezs Divan; a mirror; live goldfish; decorated eggs; Seeb (apple; representing beauty); Seer (garlic; representing good health); Serkeh (vinegar, representing patience); Sonbol (hyacinth; representing spring); Samanu (sweet pudding; representing fertility); Sabzeh (sprouts; representing rebirth); and Sekeh (coins; representing prosperity).

In Sizdah Bedar (meaning thirteen outdoors), the last day of the new year festival, Iranian people go out in groups and spend all day outdoors in the nature.

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