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March 11, 2006

NowRooz

The Iranian New Year Celebration, or NOWROOZ (Now=new , Rooz=day) , always begins on the first day of spring In the harmony with the rebirth of nature, Nowrooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts – the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil. A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes. They make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The ceremonial cloth is set up in each household.

The origins of NowRooz are unknown, but they go back several thousand years predating the Achaemenian Dynasty.

On the eve of last Wednesday of the year, literally the eve of Red Wednesday or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places with the help of fire and light, it is hoped for enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year. People leap over the flames, shouting and singing this song (hey fire , give me your red goodness , take and burn my yellow badness).

A few days prior to the New Year, a special cover is spread on to the Persian carpet or on a table in every Persian household. This ceremonial table is called cloth of seven dishes, (each one beginning with the Persian letter seen = S ). The number seven has been sacred in Iran since the ancient times, and the seven dishes stand for the seven angelic heralds of life-rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty.

The symbolic dishes consist of:

1-Sabzeh- or sprouts, usually wheat or lentil representing rebirth.
2-Samanu- is a pudding in which common wheat sprouts are transformed and given new life as a sweet, creamy pudding and represents the ultimate sophistication of Persian cooking.
3-Seeb- means apple and represents health and beauty.
4-Senjed the sweet-, dry fruit of the Lotus tree, represents love. It has been said that when lotus tree is in full bloom, its fragrance and its fruit
make people fall in love and become oblivious to all else.
5-Seer- which is garlic in Persian, represents medicine.
6-Somaq- sumac berries, represent the color of sunrise; with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil.
7-Serkeh- or vinegar, represents age and patience.

A year is exactly 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds (exact time that earth turns around sun), so there is an exact moment that earth moves back from its orbital and a new year starts , the Persian calculate this
exact moment and everybody sitted around the cloth of 7 S waiting for that moment (new year moment) , counting the seconds , then usually a gun fire , or a kind of special load music (drum and trumpet) from Radio/TV anounce that , and people around say congratulations to each other with hugs or kisses, and give presents to each other.
(so although the new year day officially starts from 24:00 pm , but the real new year moment changes every year and thats why Persian calendar is so pricise , This year -1385 Persian-Islamic Calendar or 2565 Persian Empror Calendar that moment would be on 20th March 2006 , 18:25:35 London time – in some countries it would be 21th March because of time differences) .

Celebrations all around the world have one message – find one more common reason to enjoy your life and share it.


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