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Another Nowrouz ( Nowruz )
20-MAR-2009 Ali Majdfar

Another Nowrouz ( Nowruz )

Nowrouz [pronounced NO-ROOZ] in Persian means "New-[year]-day". It is the beginning of the new year for the people of Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbmijan and Tajikistan. It is also celebrated as the new year by the people of the Iranian stock, particularly the Kurds, in the neighboring countries of Georgia, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
Tradition takes Nowruz as far back as 15,000 years and that goes beyond the last ice age.
The year began precisely with the vernal equinox, on March 21st ,
In 487 BCE, Darius the Great of the Achaemenian dynasty (700 to 330 BC) celebrated the Nowruz at his newly built Persepolis in Iran. The Persepolis was the place the Achaemenian king received, on Nowruz, his peoples from all over the vast empire. Since then, the peoples of the Iranian culture, whether Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, or others, have, under Arab, Turk, Mongol, and Iranian rulers, celebrated Nowrouz.
Every house gets a thorough cleaning almost a month before. Wheat, barley, lentils, and other vegetable seeds are soaked to grow on china plates and round earthenware vessels some ten days in advance, so that the sprouts are three to four inches in height by Nowruz.
Today, the ceremony has been simplified
a mirror, candles, incense burner, bowl of water with live gold fish, the plates and vessels with green sprouts, flowers, fruits, coins, bread, colorfully painted boiled eggs like "Easter eggs," and above all, seven articles ( Haft Seen ) with their names beginning in Persian with the letter "S" (seen) . The usual things with "S" are:
First Plate: SERKEH, the vinegar, Which adds taste to the things you want to preserve and relish. It symbolizes tasty preservation.
Second Plate: SUMAC, exotic in its own way, It makes kebabs have a tangy taste, a taste you relish. It symbolizes taste.
Third Plate: SIR, garlic. Some may not like its aroma and others love it. It lowers blood pressure. It pacifies. It symbolizes peace.
Fourth Plate: SAMANU, a sweetish paste, made from germinating wheat. It symbolizes the sprouting spring, the time for happy growth.
Fifth Plate: SIB, apple. It symbolizes the fruits of our world, both literally and allegorically.
Sixth Plate: SENJED, the jujube fruit of the sorb tree. It is the fruit of a tree which provides shade in summer. It symbolizes the shelter and security you need when you want a rest.
Seventh Plate: SABZI, fresh green herbs. It comes from green fields. It symbolizes prosperity.
New year holidays long last for two weeks.

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Marwan Habib26-May-2010 20:22
Thank you for sharing this interesting cultural aspect through your images, Ali.
Ann...22-Mar-2009 06:31
Happy Nowrouz! I have really enjoyed reading about this festival. Lovely image bringing together all the requirements for the ceremony.
Margot W22-Mar-2009 03:33
I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating Nowrouz Ali. My post will show March 22 but here it is still the 21st. I have tasted sumac powder and liked it very much.
What an interesting history you present with your write up.
waterfalls man22-Mar-2009 03:24
Beautiful Shot & Comp V
Nazi 21-Mar-2009 19:03
Happy Nowrouz Ali! I wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous year.
bill friedlander21-Mar-2009 17:32
Lise Trempe21-Mar-2009 13:56
Happy New year, a very fine image and explanation.
Ursula Armstrong21-Mar-2009 13:54
Thanks - and happy nowrouz to you!
Uschi (V)
John Armstrong21-Mar-2009 13:18
Thanks for the explanation. Great image for the festival (V)
Carol Breton21-Mar-2009 13:16
Beautiful image and wonderful information Ali.
Happy Nowrouz!
laine8221-Mar-2009 13:06
Happy Nowrouz Day, Ali...may your year be one of health !!
Hank Vander Velde21-Mar-2009 02:47
Happy New Year Ali. Nice image and rendition of your traditions.
an nguyen21-Mar-2009 01:39
Happy New Year, Ali. My friend is Iranian and she told me about Nowrouz day...
monica memoli21-Mar-2009 01:08
Great image. Great story. I didn't know anything about Nowrouz. Thank you so much for the teaching. It's much more appealing a new year that starts with spring. Big vote!
Mohamed Mahmoud20-Mar-2009 22:33
Happy Nowrouz Ali, All the best for you and family on the new year
Vote for the marvelous shot and for the fantastic table set up
Kuriacose Joseph20-Mar-2009 22:18
This is wonderful. HappyNowrouz.
1moremile20-Mar-2009 21:46
The photo is great, the narrative super. Thanks, Ali. V.
Fabio M.20-Mar-2009 21:21
Beautiful composition
María Cano20-Mar-2009 20:01
Happy nowrouz Ali and thanks for share it .. The explanation is really wonderful and interesting .. -VBV-
larose forest photos20-Mar-2009 19:56
Beautiful!!! Thank you for the explanation and may you have a Happy Nowrouz, Ali! V.
Sandi Whitteker20-Mar-2009 18:50
Happy nowrouz and thanks for the detailed explanation. Pretty capture too.
PauloCGama20-Mar-2009 17:39
happy Nowrouz! to you and yours, Ali.
marie-jose wolff20-Mar-2009 17:34
Happy Nowrouz Ali and also to your family!
Very nice image!
Gérard Koehl20-Mar-2009 17:32
Happy Nowrouz Ali... V
Bryan Murahashi20-Mar-2009 17:26
Beautiful display and nice narrative of your New Year. V
Happy Nowrouz!
vatorman20-Mar-2009 16:55
A Happy Nowrouz! May you enjoy. (And thanks for the lesson too!)
pr_rajan20-Mar-2009 16:39
...Happy Nowrouz !
Patricia Kay20-Mar-2009 16:06
Beautiful image Ali....Thank you for the history of Nowrouz...hope you enjoy this special day! BV
parallaxes20-Mar-2009 15:32
Beautiful and interesting. Happy Nowrouz Ali!
Naret Visesvongsa20-Mar-2009 14:41
Happy nowrouz day to you, Ali.
TuTmin20-Mar-2009 14:32
NoRoz et shad Ali ,Bahar et mandegar. omidvaram tandrousti v bareket barayat armaghan NoRoz bashad :)
Nicely presented.V~
Michal Leszczynski20-Mar-2009 14:16
Happy Nowrouz Ali!
Lamar Nix20-Mar-2009 13:45
Happy Nowrouz!
John20-Mar-2009 13:27
Happy Nowrouz Ali, all in good health for you and your family.
Ramy Salem20-Mar-2009 13:14
happy nowrouz day to you ali nice shot
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