May the new year Bring you happiness and peace
And the strength and courage
To follow your dreams.
May you forget the weight
Of yesterday
And focus on the path ahead,
Guided by your heart And the light of hope.
May you find beauty in every things
And goodness , in every heart.
And may you always remember.
That you are blessed

 

Norouz is a messenger of peace, friendship, benevolence for the humankind and admiration for the nature not only for Iranians, but for several nations and tribes who adorn this ancient festivity and celebrate it. Norouz is an opportunity for rethinking, restarting and remaking.

The first day on the Iranian calendar falls on the spring equinox, the first day of spring. At the time of the equinox, the sun is observed to be directly over the equator, and the north and south poles of the Earth lie along the solar terminator; sunlight is evenly divided between the north and south hemispheres.

Today the Earth enters the spring equinox and Iranians all over the world, irrespective of their religious creed or ethnicity, celebrate Norouz which last 13 days according to the millennia-old Iranian tradition. For Iranian peoples Norouz which literally means the dawn of a new day is considered to be the most important celebration of the year; it is the greatest symbol of Iranian cultural and national identity, which has outlived all adversities and adversaries.

Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز) is the traditional Iranian new year, holiday celebrated in Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Bahrain, Armenia, Georgia, the countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, as well as among various other Iranian and Turkic peoples in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring in northern hemisphere), which usually occurs on the March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.It is  a Zoroastrian holiday as well as a holy day for adherents of Sufism . In Iran it is also referred to as an Eid festival, although it is not an Islamic feast, all celebrate it.

The term Norooz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (king) of Persia on Nowruz.

The Haft Sīn items are:

  • sabzeh – wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing rebirth
  • samanu – a sweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolizing affluence
  • senjed – the dried fruit of the oleaster tree – symbolizing love
  • sīr – garlic – symbolizing medicine sīb – apples – symbolizing beauty and health
  • somaq – sumac berries – symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
  • serkeh – vinegar – symbolizing age and patience
  • Other items on the table may include:
    Sonbol – Hyacinth (plant)
  • Sekkeh – Coins – representative of wealth

traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, toot, naan-nokhodchi

  • Aajeel – dried nuts, berries and raisins lit candles (enlightenment and happiness)
  • a mirror (symbolizing cleanness and honesty)
  • decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility)
  • a bowl of water with goldfish (life within life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving)
  • the national colours, for a patriotic touch
  • a holy book (e.g., Qur’an, Bible, Torah, the Avesta ) and/or a poetry book (almost always either the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez)