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The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year)

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Nowruz is one of ancient Persian celebrations due to its significance - a refreshment of the nature and human soul - has survived the test of time. The feature that distinguishes Nowruz from other celebrations of ancient Persia and helps to keep it in existence is the very reason of its being, which is rejuvenation of nature. It is worth mentioning that Nowruz is celebrated at the beginning of the spring.

The UN General Assembly at the February 23rd, 2010 summit declared 21st of March as the International Day of Nowruz with an Iranian origin and marked this day on the UN calendar. In the bill which was passed at the UN General Assembly, Nowruz is described as a celebration holding more than 3 thousand years of history and now celebrated by more than 300 million people.

On February 24th 2010, the UN in New York passed a resolution which holds an International Nowruz Day and recognizes the celebrations as disseminating peace culture in the world.

Pieces of Haft-Seen (literally “the Seven ‘S’s”) and their meanings:

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Samanu (a sweet paste made from wheat seedlings): A symbol of plants’ productivity and reproductive properties

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Sib (apple): A symbol for health and productivity

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Senjed (Persian Olive): A symbol for love, origin of birth and reproductive behaviors

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Sabzeh (wheat or bean sprouts): A symbol for joy, bliss, and connection with Mother Nature

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Sumac, Serkeh (vinegar) and/or Sil (garlic): Condiments are symbols of health and well-being in life

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Sekeh (coins): Coins are put on Haft-seen to promote families’ financial situation

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Besides these plants and fruits, Haft-Seen has other components as well.

Mirror: A symbol of light and awareness. It must be put on top of Haft-Seen.

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

Egg: A symbol for creation and reproduction

Water: A symbol for purity and gifts from God

Espand (Peganum haramala); cedar branches; pomegranate seeds; bidmehk (salix aegyptiaca) flowers; bitter orange; bread and cheese; and candlestick are among other less important pieces on Haft-Seen.


The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

The Nowruz Celebration (Iranian New Year) || جشن نوروز

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