Story of Nowruz

Ancient Origins: Nowruz, also known as Persian New Year, has roots dating back over 3,000 years to ancient Persia (Iran). It predates Islam and is considered a Zoroastrian tradition celebrating spring equinox and renewal.

Victory of Light over Darkness:  The Zoroastrian concept of light triumphing over darkness is symbolized by Nowruz. People clean their homes and wear new clothes, reflecting a fresh start.

Spring Equinox Celebration: Nowruz coincides with the astronomical vernal equinox, typically around March 20th or 21st. It marks the beginning of spring, a time of rebirth and new beginnings in nature.

Seven S's (Haft Sin):  A central part of Nowruz is the Haft Sin table, featuring seven symbolic items whose names start with the letter "S" in Farsi. These items represent wishes for the coming year, such as health (sabzeh - sprouted greens), prosperity (sekkeh - coins), and new beginnings (samanu - a wheat pudding).

Family Gatherings and Feasts:  Nowruz is a time for families to come together. Traditional meals feature special dishes like sabzi polow (herbed rice) and pastries like Nowruz cookies.

Jumping over Fire (Chahar Shanbeh Suri): In the days leading up to Nowruz, people light bonfires and jump over them, symbolizing the cleansing of negativity and bad luck.

Simorgh - The Mythical Bird:  Stories are told about Simorgh, a benevolent mythical bird who represents renewal and hope.

Sizdah Bedar (Thirteenth Day Out):  Thirteen days after Nowruz, people traditionally spend time outdoors picnicking and enjoying nature's beauty, signifying their return to everyday life after the celebrations.

Global Celebration:  Nowruz is celebrated not only in Iran but also in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and other countries with historical ties to Persia.

UNESCO Recognition:  Nowruz was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009, recognizing its significance as a living cultural tradition.