begins precisely at the vernal
equinox, on the 1st day of Farvardin of the Islamic solar
calendar, usually on March 20th or 21st.
This year, Nowruz falls much earlier than in recent years --on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
a time of great joy and family celebrations that are shared
by people of all faiths in many countries that trace their
history back through the centuries to the ancient Mesopotamian
civilization and the Persian Empire.
Firuz, sing in the streets to announce the festivities
and house cleaning is a part of the preparations. On the Wednesday
before Nowruz bonfires are lit to jump over and children gather
coins and treats as they visit neighbors.
Nowruz always begins on the first day of spring, and it lasts for
All of them begin with the sound of the letter
"S" Seeb - apple; Sabze - green grass or
Sabzeh - wheat or lentil sprouts; Serke - vinager; Samanoo
- a paste made out of wheat; Senjed - a berry native to the
region; Sekke - a coin; and Seer - garlic.
find other lists of the seven S sound items in the sites below.
As often happens with such ancient traditions, a bit of variation
has crept into the celebration in the centuries since it was
first begun. Most haftseen tables also include a small fishbowl
with goldfish and a mirror to represent elements of the earth
and human consciousness.
day of the festivities is Zarathushtra's
birthday and special celebrations are held to mark the
occasion. The 13th day of the new year is called "Sizdah
Bedar" and the parks are filled with families bringing
luck by spending the day out of doors. Young girls tie grass
in knots on this day to wish for a good husband.
is the beginning of the year for the people of Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan and a few of the Asian republics
of the former Soviet Union. It is also celebrated as the new
year by people descended from Persian and Iranian ancestors.
The Kurds in Georgia, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey celebrate Nowruz
as the new year festival. Many communities where people from
these countries have settled also join in the celebrations.
Now Ruz has come.
Friends, spread this message -
The New Year has come again!
This spring be your good luck,
The tulip fields be your joy.
Haji Firuz Song
May the New Year bring peace to all...
More about Nowruz around the Web:
The Iranian New Year at Present Times
- Pictures of "Haft Seen" and "Sizdah-Bedar"and
a good explanation of the rituals that surround the new year
celebrations. The site offers many other articles on the arts
and culture of Iran.