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    Posted March 21, 2014 by
    Tehran, Iran

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    Nowruz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox


    In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration or Nowruz always begins on the first day of spring. For Iranians Nowruz is the celebration of life and its arrival following the winter is considered as the harmony between nature and culture.


    Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples and has spread in many other parts of the world. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar.


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


    The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years.


    Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


    Nowruz' comes from two words, now, meaning new and ruz meaning day.


    In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration or Nowruz always begins on the first day of spring.


    Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts: the End and the Rebirth.


    Haft Sin or the seven 'S's is a major tradition of Nowruz. The haft sin table includes seven specific items starting with the letter 'S' or Sin (س) in the Persian alphabet. The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and holy immortals protecting them. The Haft Sin has evolved over time, but has kept its symbolism. Traditionally, families attempt to set as beautiful a Haft Sīn table as they can, as it is not only of traditional and spiritual value, but also noticed by visitors during Nowruzi visitations and is a reflection of their good taste.


    The items include:
    • sabzeh - symbolizing rebirth
    • samanu -symbolizing affluence
    • senjed - symbolizing love
    • sīr - symbolizing medicine
    • sīb - symbolizing beauty and health
    • somaq - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
    • serkeh - symbolizing age and patience


    The traditional herald of the Nowruz season is a man called Hājī Fīrūz (or Khwāja Pīrūz).


    He usually uses face paint to make his skin black (black is an ancient Persian symbol of good luck—maybe from their black bird) and wears a red costume. Then he sings and dances through the streets with tambourines and trumpets spreading good cheer and heralds the coming of the New Year


    Sign off:
    We will open the book. Its pages are all blank. We are going to put words on them. The book is called Opportunity and the first chapter of it is the New Year's Day…wish you a year full of love, challenges and responsibilities., A year to remember and a year to build upon.


    May your Nowruz be glorious and may all your days be Nowruz

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