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Persian New Year

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Transcript of Persian New Year

Resources Always celebrated on the first day of Spring
Typically falls on March 21st

The count down to Norooz concludes the moment the sun crosses the equator, when night and day are equal


This year’s Norooz:
Wednesday March 20th 2013, 07:01:56 AM When is Norooz celebrated? Uncle New Year
The old sage
His presence ushers in the new year
Similar to Santa Claus
Brings gifts to children Amoo Norooz Small bonfires are made in the streets
Adults and children gather together to jump over the flames in celebration of the renewal of life
A chant is said as you jump the fire
“Your fiery red color is mine and my sickly yellow paleness is yours”
This means you want the fire to take your paleness, sickness and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth and energy Chahar Shanbe Soori Spring Cleaning
“Khooneh Tekooni”
Literally translates to shake the house
Days before the festival


Houses are filled with flowers such as hyacinths and tulips
New clothes are purchased
Gifts are purchased
Norooz Table (Sofre Haftsin) is set New Year’s Rituals Last day of Norooz Festival
“Sizdah Bedar” 13 be gone
Families and friends picnic
The sabzeh is sent afloat down a nearby river or stream to rid of sickness or turmoil collected from the year’s past Sizdah Bedar: The 13th Day Families dress in their new clothes and gather around the table awaiting the exact moment of Spring’s arrival
Poetry is read
Prayers and wishes for prosperity are made The Count Down
Sofreh Haft Seen: Seven S’s Additional components:
coins (for wealth)
candles (enlightenment)
mirror (clarity and honesty)
decorated eggs (fertility)
goldfish (life in living form)
holy book and/or a book of poetry (Hafez)
Flowers (Spring flowers)
Sofreh Haft Seen: Seven S’s Sumaq sumac berries for the color of sunrise
Seer (garlic) for medicine
Sonbol (apples) for beauty and health
Serkeh (vinegar) for age and patience
Samanoo a sweet wheat germ pudding for affluence
Senjed the dried fruit of the lotus tree for love
Sabzeh (sprouts) for rebirth Seven dishes that stand for the seven angelic heralds of life:
Rebirth
Health
Happiness
Prosperity
Joy
Patience
Beauty
Sofreh Haft Seen: Seven S’s Persians? 13 day long Persian/Iranian New Year’s Festival
Celebrated for thousands of years
Rooted in Zoroastrianism, the first Persian Religion Norooz “No” New “Rooz” Day
Celebrating Norooz:
The Persian New Year Happy Persian New Year! The Herald of the New Year
Sings and dances
Announces the coming of the New Year
Uncle New Year’s Side Kick Hajji Firuz Chahar Shanbe Soori
“Red Wednesday” - The Festival of Fire Sabze is grown from wheat or lentil sprouts One of the earliest rituals in preparation for the new year is growing sprouts (sabze) for the ‘Haft Seen’ New Year’s Rituals Short visits are made to family and friends beginning with the elders
Tea, sweets, and nuts are offered
Rejoicing around loved ones
Jovial spirit is important during this time
Norooz symbolizes rebirth and renewal: a time to forgive, to wish well, to be positive After the Commencement… Persian Parade NYC 2013 When: April 14, 2013
Where: Madison Ave From 44th St To 25th St
More info: www.nypp.org FarsiNet. (06, 2013 01). Nowrooz persian new year. Retrieved from http://www.farsinet.com/norooz/

Price, M. (03, 2013 27). Iran chamber society. Retrieved from http://www.iranchamber.com/culture/articles/festival_of_fire.php

Baghoolizade, B. (2012, 06 20). The afro-iranian community: Beyond haji firuz blackface, the slave trade, & bandari music. Ajam Media Collective. Retrieved from http://ajammc.com/2012/06/20/the-afro-iranian-community-beyond-haji-firuz-blackface-slavery-bandari-music/
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