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Happy Persian New Year and
International Day of Happiness

Happy Persian Nowruz 

Eideh shoma mobarak!

“Eideh shoma mobarak ” is on everyone’s lips during the
12-day celebration, which is “Happy New Year” in Farsi.

On the Nowruz, Persians set a “haft sin ” table to gather around awaiting for the exact moment of arrival of Spring.  At that time gifts are exchanged with family and loved ones. All dress in gifts of new cloths to start the twelve-day celebration. 

Persian New Year celebration — Haft-Sin

The tradition is in harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or Nowruz, always begins on the first day of Spring.  Nowruz 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. 

Persians make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The ceremonial cloth is set up in each household.  Troubadours, referred to as Haji Firuz, disguise themselves with makeup and wear brightly colored outfits of satin. These Haji Firuz, singing and dancing, parade as a carnival through the streets with tambourines, kettle drums, and trumpets to spread good cheer and the news of the coming new year.        

During the Celebration there is a part of the ceremony called Chahar Shanbeh Suri where everyone jump over fire “light” for enlightenment and happiness for the upcoming year. 

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