Persian New Year or Norooz (also spelled Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings). The celebration starts on Sunday, March 20 or Monday, March 21, 2016, depending on the country. Norooz celebrates renewal and rebirth, symbolized by the coming of spring. It is partly rooted in the Zoroastrian tradition, but is an ancient holiday that was celebrated thousands of years ago. Now, it is also an important Iranian cultural holiday that spans many religious traditions. The word Nowruz is a compound word that blends together the Persian words “now” which means “new,” and “roz” which means “day.”
One of the notable parts of the celebration is the table setting. The traditional table includes the seven “S’s” of the Spring celebration:
The Haft Sīn items are:
- Sabzeh – wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing green environment, happiness and rebirth.
- Samanu – a sweet pudding made from germinated wheat – symbolizing affluence.
- Senjed – the dried fruit of the oleaster tree – symbolizing firmness and tolerance.
- Sīr – garlic – symbolizing health.
- Sīb – apples – symbolizing beauty and love.
- Somaq – sumac berries –symbolizing patience.
- Serkeh – vinegar – symbolizing development and evolution.
Whether you celebrate it or not, it seems a perfect excuse to eat delicious food and be with loved one as well as a perfect welcome to Spring.