5 Things to Know About Persian New Year


Depiction of the traditional objects of Persian New Year, including painted eggs to represent fertility, garlic to represent good health, and spices to represent light overcoming darkness. Source: http://www.itunes.apple.com.

Persian New Year, also known as Navroz or Nowruz, is a religious festival celebrated by millions of Iranians and Muslims around the world. On this occasion, families and friends come together to celebrate the ending of a new year and the beginning of a new one. Various traditions and rituals are observed, including consumption of culturally significant (and delicious!) foods, setting personal and spiritual resolutions for the year ahead, and offering special thanks to Allah.

In honour of Navroz (literally, “New Day”), here are five facts you may not have known about this joyous occasion:

  1. As it always falls on March 21st, it signifies the first day of spring.
  2. In Iran, it often begins with a deep clean of one’s home to dispose of dust, dirt and unnecessary clutter in order to start fresh.
  3. “Navroz Mubarak!” is the greeting we Ismaili Muslims give on this day. Generally speaking, the phrase conveys wishes of a happy and prosperous new year.
  4. It is estimated that Navroz has been celebrated for the last 3,000 years.
  5. It is a celebration of what’s yet to come, such as the possibility of new life.

Navroz Mubarak to those of you celebrating, and best wishes for the year ahead!


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