Nowruz: Persian New Year

Nowruz can be considered as the traditional Iranian festival, which is being held every year in collaboration with Persian New Year. The festival starts along with the beginning of spring. In other words, this festival is celebrated by people on 20th and 21st of March every year. The name of the festival has been derived from Avestan, which refers to a new day.

Iranians who live in every corner of the world celebrate Nowruz along with few other ethnolinguistic groups. People have been celebrating this festival for a period of more than 3,000 years. Nowruz day marks the beginning of the spring season in Northern hemisphere, which usually falls on 21st of March. An exact year is calculated when the sun moves across the celestial equator, which marks the dawn of the New Year. As a result, Iranian families get together in order to celebrate the New Year and observe traditional rituals.

As mentioned earlier, Nowruz is associated with a rich history, which dates back to over 3.000 years. As per the historical information, the world famous Persepolis Complex was built with the objective of celebrating this festival. The Emperors who lived out there in Iran supported the celebration of New Year and it was celebrated in grand scale.

People in Iran celebrate Nowruz festival in a grand style. For example, they visit houses of one another with the objective of sharing happiness. However, these visits are mostly limited to the houses of neighbors, friends and family members in today’s world. On the first day of celebrations, all the family members get together around a table. Then they wait together until the arrival of spring. During this time, they take time to exchange the gifts that they have purchased for each other as well. Visiting houses of friends, family members or neighbors take place later in the day.

Along with Nowruz, the youngsters tend to visit the homes of elders first. Then the elders would come back to the homes of youngsters. The visits are usually short because they have a list of houses to cover during the limited time. Therefore, a visit would be limited to a short time period of about 30 minutes. In order to accommodate the guests who come in, people tend to have a sufficient supply of dried fruits, fresh fruits, cookies, pastries and nuts.

The Iranians tend to throw grand parties along with Nowruz celebrations. This creates an ideal environment for friends and family members to get together and share some quality time. People tend to treat the visitors who come to these parties with kindness. Another tradition that is closely associated with Nowruz is placing something sweet outside throughout the night of the first day. Most of the people tend to keep a candy or some honey.  With this tradition, Iranian people strongly believe that they will get sweet things in their lives throughout the year.

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