What is Nowruz? (Iranian/Persian New Year)

By: Bahador AlastPublished: 10 months ago

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Nowruz, which literally translates to "new day" in Persian, is the name of the Iranian New Year. The festival has Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, however, it is celebrated globally by millions of non-Iranians and in a secular fashion by millions of non-Zoroastrians, while it remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. Nowruz marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of the month of Farvardin in the Iranian calendar. Nowruz is an official public holiday in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan-Ölgii in Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Nowruz has also been officially added to the national calendar of Canada, as per a bill passed by the parliament of Canada in 2009. In addition, Nowruz is celebrated by Kurdish people throughout the Middle East, Baloch, Pashtun, and the Shi’a community of Pakistan, Turkic people in China, several different groups in Russia, and by the Parsis in the Indian subcontinent. In this video we discuss the haft-seen table, which is a tabletop with seven symbolic items and one of the most important components of Nowruz. As mentioned in the video, the traditions centring around Nowruz vary from nation to nation, so please feel free to comment below and share yours. We’d love to hear it!

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