Friday, March 17, 2006

Norouz


Norouz is coming. it is the first day of Persian new year that will start on March 20.
Norouz, new day or New Year as the Iranians call it, is a celebration of spring Equinox. It has been celebrated by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumerians, 3000BC, Babylonians 2000 BC, the ancient kingdom of Elam in Southern Persia 2000BC, Akaddians all have been celebrating it in one form or another. What we have today as Norouz with its’ uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian belief system.

During the Norouz holidays people are expected to pay house visits to one another (mostly limited to families, friends and neighbours) in the form of short house visits and the other side will also pay you a visit during the holidays before the 13th day of the spring.
Many Iranians will throw large Norouz parties in a central location as a way of dealing with the long distances between groups of friends and family.
Some Norouz celebrants believe that whatever a person does on Norouz will affect the rest of the year. So, if a person is warm and kind to their relatives, friends and neighbors on Norouz, then the new year will be a good one. On the other hand, if there are fights and disagreements, the year will be a bad one. Also, many people do a significant amount of "Spring Cleaning" prior to Norouz to rid the house of last year's dirt and germs in preparation for a good new year.
The thirteenth day celebrations, Seezdah Bedar, stem from the belief of the ancient Persians that the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years. At the end of which, the sky and the earth collapsed in chaos.
Hence, Norouz lasts twelve days and the thirteenth day represents the time of chaos when families put order aside and avoid the bad luck associated with the number thirteen by going outdoors and having picnics and parties.
At the end of the celebrations on this day, the sabzeh grown for the Haft Seen spread (which has symbolically collected all the sickness and bad luck) is thrown away into running water to exorcise the demons (divs) and evil eyes from the house hold. It is also customary for young single women to tie the leaves of the sabzeh, prior to discarding it, symbolizing their wish to be married before the next year's Seezdah Bedar. When tying the leaves, they whisper.
We, (my parents & I) decide to go to northern Iran to spend our holidays. I will try to take photos there and attach them here. Then you can feel Iran as a very beautiful country.

Ciao

2 Comments:

Blogger BiScUiTs said...

That all sounds very interesting. I like the look of the food in the pic at the top!

Sunday, March 19, 2006 6:22:00 PM  
Blogger Trina said...

Thank so much for dropping by my blog. I took a look around your blog, too, and what I can say is, if that's your black Peugeot out there on the beach, you're a lucky guy. ;) I also like your info on Norouz--next year I am going to incorporate it in my son's homeschool lessons. Lastly--I have a friend here in the Philippines who is a mining and metallurgical engineer and is very happy with her job. Mining is enjoying a boom here in my country thanks to recently relaxed mining laws, so things are pretty exciting. Regards from Southeast Asia,
Trina

Monday, April 17, 2006 4:33:00 AM  

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