Spring is in the air and soon over 300 million people will be celebrating what is known as PERSIAN NEW YEAR or Nowruz. “What is that?” you ask. An ancient holiday celebrating all things SPRING.
To properly bring in the new year Persian style…
~First you jump over a campfire to kick off the holiday
~7 days later you dance and have a feast at the elaborate official Nowruz event.
~and 13 days after that, you go to a park with your family to enjoy the warm fresh air (superstitiously avoiding bad luck that comes with staying home).
Think of it as a Greatest Hits of all American holidays… Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July all wrapped into one as gifts are being exchanged and your Aunt is telling you to eat when you were quite full three helpings ago!
This time of year was very important to ancient civilizations who depended on the mercy of nature in order to survive and roots back to well over 3,000 years ago. Zoroastrians (known as the first religion with one God instead of many) celebrated NOWRUZ (The New Day) in a big way. And experts contend it goes back even further than that.
Even though over 20 countries and hundreds of smaller tribes have celebrated this holiday for centuries, it is very important you know Persians at one time had the largest empire and absolutely LOVE to take credit for EVERYTHING . That is why we now they affectionately call Nowruz “Persian New Year” to anyone who asks.
At this point some of you are asking what the heck is a PERSIAN / IRANIAN ?!… well check this out…
ONCE UPON A TIME THE PERSIAN EMPIRE RULED MOST OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. THEY CONQUERED, THRIVED, AND BROUGHT INNOVATIONS WE STILL USE TODAY, LIKE… PAJAMAS, THE WINDMILL, THE GAME OF CHESS, BRAIN SURGERY, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ICE CREAM, TAMBOURINES
WITH VARIOUS BATTLES BETWEEN THE GREEKS, MONGOLIANS, AND OTHERS, THE TERRITORY WAS REDUCED TO THE AREA KNOWN AS PERSIA…WHICH IN 1935, THEY RENAMED …IRAN.
IN 1979, IRAN HAD A HUGE REVOLUTION. MANY FLED TO VARIOUS CITIES AROUND THE WORLD TO START A NEW LIFE. THE ONE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY THEY UNIVERSALLY HOLD ONTO WITH PRIDE AND CELEBRATE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE …NOWRUZ
PROOF THAT EVEN WITHOUT YOUR COUNTRY YOU STILL HAVE YOUR CULTURE
—-Watch this History Lesson on NOWRUZ here: https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10155056540218320/ —-
See, that wasn’t so bad was it?! Now instead of a Christmas tree when you attend a Persian New Year Party you will see a table called a “Haft Seen” (meaning the 7 things that start with ‘S”). This is what is on the table…
HAFT SEEN (7 Things that Start with S) – The Table
sabze – wheat sprouts grown in a dish. Rebirth
seb apple – beauty sir – symbol of medicine
sekir… vinegar – age and patience
sumac – a spice – symbol of the color of sunrise
senjeh – berry – symbol of love
samanu- pudding – symbol of affluence extras
sonbol – flower – symbol of beauty
Then we throw in a goldfish, lit candle, mirror, and book of poetry to top it off!
( Here is a video clip which shows the HAFT SEEN and breaks it down: https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10155056629278320/ )
But don’t worry about all the intricacies. Just find a Persian party… eat with friends, dance, and enjoy. You may be handed some money… just take it and say thank you! Now you are partying like a true PERSIAN
(If you want a more in depth look be sure to watch Kvon’s TEDtalk on NOWRUZ: https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10154015393543320/ )
Thanks checking out NOWRUZ aka Noruz aka Nahruz aka Navruz aka Nooruz aka Noorus aka _____________ fill in your spelling here (LOL)!
(for more on the holiday watch K-von’s clips on http://www.GoFundMe.com/NOWRUZ)