Lets welcome the year which is fresh and new,Lets cherish each moment it beholds,
Lets celebrate this blissful New year.
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Wishing You All The Peace , Joy , And Love Of The Season ! Season’s Greetings!
Happy New Year
Happy Nowruz to you too! How will you celebrate?
For Example one of them is that:
Nowruz begins with "Saal Tahvil", which can be translated as year delivery. It is the very first instant in the New Year; the exact moment of the spring equinox. Everybody in the family, dressed up in his or her new clothes, gathers around the Haft Sin spread looking forward to "Saal Tahvil". As the countdown ushers in the New Year, the members of the family, rejoicing, cheer up, hug and kiss each other, and exchange Nowruz greetings, "Eid-e Shoma mobarak!" or "Sal-e No Mobarak" (Happy New Year). Now everyone, especially the children and the youth, moves on to make the rounds of the elders of the family first, then the rest of their family and finally their friends and the neighborhood. Adults, too, have a set schedule of visits and receiving visitors.
We have sofreh Haft sin.
Number 'seven' has got a holy position in the Persian mythology. We are told of seven levels of earth and heaven, seven deities superior to others, seven constellations which controlled the fate of the mortals and even seven days in a week. Seven-S spread, in Persian called "Sofreye Haft Sin", is the inextricable component of all homes on Nowruz. Sofreh means spread or tablecloth and Haft Sin, seven-S. Zoroastrians of Iran used to decorate their Haft Sin in seven big trays each bearing seven kinds of foods. The role of Haft Sin is very comparable to that of the Christmas tree in the Christian countries. Each item has its own symbolism, which stems from the advent of the custom.
Haft Sin's most outstanding item is "Sabzeh" (the green sprouts of wheat, barley or lentil) which symbolizes rebirth and usually is beatified with a strip of red ribbon, while an orange may be placed atop. A glittering red or yellow "Seeb"(apple) is the second and stands for beauty and good health. "Samanu", kind of a sweet pudding or custard, is the next article symbolizing affluence. The following item stands for love and is called "Senjed", fruit of the oleaster or lotus tree. The forth one is "Seer" (garlic) and is the representative of medicine on the spread. Then there exists sumac berries, "Somaq", which epitomizes the color of the sunrise. And as the last article "Serkeh"(vinegar) epitomizes patience and age.
Different families or ethnicities may substitute some of the mentioned seven items with something else but those mostly accepted pieces were as enumerated. There also some articles whose initial is not "S", but count with the items of "Sofreye Haft-Sin". A book, preferably a religious one, an upright mirror, burning candles, colored eggs (as the Easter eggs), a bowl of water with an orange floating in, a bowl of water with a gold fish within, Iranian sweetmeats, confectioneries, different fruits, traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, "aajeel" (dried nuts, berries and raisins) which is another important component of the whole Nowruz festival, and the national colors of Iran.
Thanks! That sounds interesting.
Is it celebrated openly throughout Iran or only privately by those who practice Zoroastrianism?
NO.ITs for all persian and Aryans. This tradition is celebrated from the time of Cyrus. pls see upper link.
for example I'm moslem and my friend is Christian.
Approximately in the Middle East, many people are celebrating Nowruz.
This is a tradition for 2500 years. Spring in the Northern Hemisphere
Hiagain Linda. If you want I can explain more.
I only asked because I knew that Iran is predominatley an Islamic country and that Zoroastrian is/was a religion, so I wondered about any religious/philisophical conflict.
I have Muslim friends in Malaysia who celebrate a Hindu festival and have always wondered about that.
So, Nowruz is a cultural celebration rather than a religious celebration?
Nowruz is a cultural celebration.
I can hope how you think about Iran (:. But what you see in the media is not reality. For example, Zoroastrians, Christians and Jews have a representative in the Iranian parliament. But eventually all Iranians celebrate Nowruz. We believe, friendship and brotherhood, is the highest authority and value.
Saludos Amirreza (Hello)
Happy Nowruz to you too.
Not everybody believes ALL that appears in "Western Media"
Want much to visit Tehran.
How affordable is a good Hotel right now.
With currency restrictions now, is it possible to get great deals on everything.
Saludos from TJ (Tijuana, Baja California Mexico)
Oh, I don't pay attention to the media at all. I've known a few Iranians, read books written by Iranians and have seen movies made by Iranians and have formed my ideas through these.
I was thinking that most people of one religion do not celebrate the holidays of other religions. That's all.
I also don't know which festivals that originated as a religious celebration have turned into a cultural event. See what I mean?
Wishing You , Your Family and Friends A Happy Norouz!
Here's hoping the new year brings you Health, Wealth, Happiness and Peace!
Remembering with fondness, the amazing 3 weeks that I spent in Iran.
Noruz is celebrated throughout Central Asia (and Iran is a Central Asian country, not a Middle Eastern one). I think it is a fantastic celebration in the way it is so inclusive. Uzbeks, Afghans,Tajiks, Azeri, Turkmen, Kyrgiz, Kazakhs, Iraqis will be celebrating along with Parsees in India and Dagestanis, Turks, Pakistanis and people all around the world. Noruz was placed on Unesco's Intangible Cultural History of Humanity list in 2010.