Norooz = Persian New Year
1. Persian New Year is called Norooz (also Nowruz or Nawroz). Iranians of all religions all around world celebrate Norooz. In Iran, Norooz marks the beginning of Spring and celebrates renewal and rebirth.
2. The word Nowruz is a combination of two Persian Words put together ‘now’ meaning ‘new and ‘roz’ meaning ‘day’.
3. To Iranian people Narooz is an important holiday and in Iran it is celebrated over 13 days.
4. Fire jumping is a traditional activity done on the Wednesday before Persian new year. Called Chahar Shanbe Suri, jumping over the flames symbolically rids the person of all misfortunes and bad luck of the past year.
5. A special table display is arranged during Norooz called sofreh-ye haft-seen (cloth of seven dishes). Haft-seen tables usually have seven elements that start with the letter ‘S’:
a. Sabzeh – Sprouted wheat grass – to symbolise birth and fertility
b. Semanu – Sweet pudding – to symbolise affluence and fertility
c. Senjed – Sweet dried lotus tree fruit – to symbolise love
d. Serkeh – Vinegar – to symbolise wisdom gained in old age
e. Sir – Garlic – to symbolise medicine and maintaining good health
f. Sumac – Sumac berries – to symbolise sunrise
People often add other items as well:
a. Mirror – to symbolise reflection on the past year
b. Goldfish in a bowl – to symbolise life Continue Reading →