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In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or NORUZ (NowRuz), always begins on the first day of spring. Nowruz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil. A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes. They make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The ceremonial cloth is set up in each household. Troubadours, referred to as Haji Firuz, disguise themselves with makeup and wear brightly colored outfits of satin. These Haji Firuz, singing and dancing, parade as a carnival through the streets with tambourines, kettle drums, and trumpets to spread good cheer and the news of the coming new year.

The origins of NoRuz are unknown, but they go back several thousand years predating the Achaemenian Dynasty. The ancient Iranians had a festival called "Farvardgan" which lasted ten days, and took place at the end of the solar year. It appears that this was a festival of sorrow and mourning, signifying the end of life while the festival of NoRuz, at the beginning of spring signified rebirth, and was a time of great joy and celebration.

Persian New Year 2574 Ceremonial New Year Spread caled Haft-Seen from FarsiNet with Prayers and Best Wishes for all Iranian, Afghans, Kurds, Tajiks, ... who celebrate NowRuz

Persian New year NoRuz Traditional Spread, HaftSeen Table for Persian New Year 2568 (2009, 1388)

History of NowRuz Persian New year

A Persian Poem by Molavi about NoRooz - Persian New Year

"Baharan" - Spring Time - Persian Music Video by Sarah from "Message of Love" Album

NowRuz - An everlasting tradition of Persia and its People ... - Persian Poetry
Farsi Poetry by Iranian Poet Bozorgmehr vaziri on the the Significance of Persian New Year and Ancient Tradition

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The other ancient symbolic representation of NoRuz is based around the idea of the triumph of good over evil. According to the Shah-nameh (The Book of Kings), the national Iranian epic by Ferdowsi, NoRuz came into being during the reign of the mythical King Jamshid; when he defeated the evil demons (divs) seizing their treasures, becoming master of everything but the heavens and bringing prosperity to his people. To reach the heavens, Jamshid ordered a throne to be built with the jewels he had captured. He then sat on the throne and commanded the demons to lift him up into the sky. When the sun's rays hit the throne, the sky was illuminated with a multitude of colours. The people were amazed at the King's power and they showered him with even more jewels and treasures. This day of great celebration was named NoRuz, and was recognised as the first day of the year.

Iranian New year History and Traditions, Persian New year NoRuz Traditional Spread, HaftSeen Table for Persian New Year 2568 (2009, 1388)

NowRuz Ought To Be Carefully Observed, Heard, Watched, Smleed, Tasted ... if it to be fully understaood, A persian Essay by Dr. vaziri on the True meaning of NowRuz the Persian New Year NoRooz, Now Rooz, NoRuz at FarsiNet
Iranian New Year Nowruz Stamp, Old Iranian Stamps Celebrating Persian New Year Norooz

U.S. Prosident Obama's' Special Nowruz 2570 (1390, 2011) Message
Previous US Presidents' Nowruz Messages

Chahar Shanbeh Suri

Last Wednesday of the year (Chahar Shanbeh Suri) : On the eve of last Wednesday of the year, literally the eve of Red Wednesday or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, it is hoped for enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year. People leap over the flames, shouting:

Give me your beautiful red color And take back my sickly pallor!
Chahar Shanbeh Suri
چهارشنبه‌ سوری
نوید دهندة نوروز و فرا رسیدن فصل بهار
Chahar Shanbeh Suri Festival of NowRuz Persian Iranian New Year for All Farsi Speaking People
Chahar Shanbeh Suri - Last Wednesday of Persian Year
Chahar Shanbeh Suri - Last Wednesday of Persian Year

With the help of fire and light symbols of good, we hope to see our way through this unlucky night - the end of the year- to the arrival of springs longer days. Traditionally, it is believed that the living were visited by the spirits of their ancestors on the last day of the year. Many people specially children, wrap themselves in shrouds symbolically reenacting the visits. By the light of the bonfire, they run through the streets banging on pots and pans with spoons called Gashog-Zani to beat out the last unlucky Wednesday of the year, while they knock on doors to ask for treats. Indeed, Halloween is a Celtic variation of this night.

In order to make wishes come true, it is customary to prepare special foods and distribute them on this night. Noodle Soup a filled Persian delight, and mixture of seven dried nuts and fruits, pistachios, roasted chic peas, almond, hazelnuts, figs, apricots, and raisins.


This is another ritual in which someone makes a wish and stands at the corner of an intersection , or on a terrace or behind a wall. That person will know his fortune when he overhears conversation of a passerby.


A ceremonial table called Sofreh-e Haft Seen (cloth of seven dishes), name of each dish beginning with the Persian letter Sinn.
Persian New Year Table Spread HaftSeen HaftSin Table A Classic Portrait of Persian Family at their HaftSin Sofreh

Sizdeh Bedar, 13th day of NoRuz

Sizdeh Thirteen and Sizdeh Bedar is the process of getting over with or passing over the thirteenth day of the New Year.

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