Haft-Seen

Nowruz in Iran

What is Nowruz and what does it mean?
Nowruz is the name of New Year in Iran, that people celebrate it. Nowruz is the first day of spring in Iran. Nowruz means new day, it refers to the new life of the nature that begins at spring.
Nowruz also known as Persian New Year, also many countries in the world celebrate it.
Nowruz is the most important and famous traditional Iranian ceremony, it is a national festival in Iran.
Nowruz has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian religion.

What do people in Nowruz and how celebrate it? Nowruz is the longest holiday in Iran; people go to each other home to congratulate it. Especially visit grandparents in the first day of New Year. As an old tradition grandparents give cash money to children for Nowruz which is called Eidy.
Holidays longs 13 days and the 13th of Farvardin people go to the nature and it called nature day or 13-be-dar. Number 13 is not bad in Iranian Traditions.

Haft-Seen or Seven traditional items:
• sabzeh: lentil, barley or wheat sprouts growing in a dish, symbolizing renewal
• samanu: a thick, sweet pudding made from wheat germ, symbolizing affluence
• senjed: dried fruit of the lotus tree, symbolizing love
• sir: garlic, symbolizing medicine
• sib: apples, symbolizing health and beauty
• somaq: sumac berries, symbolizing sunrise
• serkeh: vinegar, symbolizing age and patience.

 

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