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21 Mar 2011 Ali Majdfar


Nowruz, meaning 'New Day' is the traditional ancient Iranian festival and also the start day of Iranian "New Year" .Also, It is the beginning of the new year for the people of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.
Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian peoples, Kurdish People and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and the Republic of Macedonia.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.
The term Nowruz in writing, first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (648-330 BC)
The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Nowruz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrûz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Since 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognizes March 21 as the "International Day of Nowruz". On 15 March 2010, The United States House of Representatives passed The Nowruz Resolution (H.Res. 267), "Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz.
The most significant sign of Nowruz in Iranian houses, is Haft Seen (seven articles with their names beginning in Persian with the letter "S" [Seen]) conjoining with 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 so on.
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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Pierre12-May-2011 00:23
Une image fantastique! V
Carol Breton31-Mar-2011 13:49
Fantastic image, Ali. Outstanding work. Thanks, also, for the great information. ~
Mikek29-Mar-2011 23:40
Happy belated Nowruz, Ali, excellent image and processing! V
Margot W24-Mar-2011 15:09
Happy New Year Ali. All the very best to you.
Monique Becker et Jean Luc Bocquillon23-Mar-2011 19:15
very interesting
jean luc bocquillon
John Adler23-Mar-2011 17:26
Lovely composition! _V_
Tom LeRoy23-Mar-2011 14:49
Thank you for this informative lesson of an Iranien Tradition. What a lovely way of starting the New Year on the first day of Spring! V!
meekam tam23-Mar-2011 12:41
Beautiful capture and very good description, Ali! V
Zoltán Balogh23-Mar-2011 10:11
How interesting Ali...! V
Ceya23-Mar-2011 06:43
Beautiful capture, and most interesting information, Ali! Happy Nowruz to you! V
pierreratte22-Mar-2011 23:59
Very nice composition Ali, Bravo
Hans Koot22-Mar-2011 21:53
Thanks for the interesting explanation, highly appreciated. you made a nice composition too!
Patricia Kay22-Mar-2011 21:30
Beautiful image Ali...Thank you so much for the interesting history of Nowruz...BV
Mildred Alpern22-Mar-2011 15:30
Wonderful image and information. Happy and healthful New Year.
Rosemarie Kusserow22-Mar-2011 11:34
Beautiful image Ali, thanks for you explanation to understand what Nowruz mean, V
Rosemarie :o)
My cousin is weddid to a woman from Iran and especially I love the hospitality and the wonderful meals she always prepare, she and all the relatives are very friendly.
marko gregoric22-Mar-2011 07:38
Excellent. V
waterfalls man22-Mar-2011 03:02
Beautiful Work V!!
slhoornstra22-Mar-2011 01:02
Mohbahrak Noruz-e-shoma!! A lovely Haft Sin. V
Colin Storey21-Mar-2011 19:39
Happy new year Ali, great image and words. v
marie-jose wolff21-Mar-2011 19:32
Happy Nowruz to you and to all your family and friends, Ali!
cambraniz21-Mar-2011 18:04
Very nice composition. V
joseantonio21-Mar-2011 16:43
Very nice image.Thank you for sharing
Fong Lam21-Mar-2011 13:46
Thanks for sharing this wonderful history...Happy New Year, Ali...V
heather21-Mar-2011 13:42
Happy New Year Ali! Fabulous image and story.. V
Randy Adams21-Mar-2011 12:39
Excellent composition Ali...thanks much for sharing with us! V
Linda Johansson21-Mar-2011 12:23
Happy Nowruz to you Ali, wonderful image and interesting story! V
Stephanie21-Mar-2011 12:02
Happy Nowruz Ali!! Thanks for sharing your culture with the rest of the world! Beautiful photo work! V
Blandine Mangin21-Mar-2011 08:58
very beautiful ! v
laine21-Mar-2011 07:01
Happy new year, Ali!!!!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak21-Mar-2011 06:54
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones Ali.
Thank you for the information.
eye2see21-Mar-2011 06:16
Happy New Year Ali, beautiful image to capture the essence of the Nowruz and its ancient history that have been cherished by many generations despite difficulties at different periods! ~V
Gérard Koehl21-Mar-2011 04:27
Superbe réalisation et happy Nevruz. V
Simon Chandler21-Mar-2011 01:50
Wonderful work. So appealing. Great info. Happy Nowruz. v
Larry Peterson21-Mar-2011 01:28
Beautiful image, Ali. Happy New year and the best to you and yours. V
Frank Brault21-Mar-2011 00:50
Happy New Year Ali! This is a very creative and beautiful photo which captures the feeling of the New Day, as you have described it, so well. Thanks.
TuTmin21-Mar-2011 00:47
NowRoz piroz Ali. Wishing U and all Persian a very peaceful year !
Hank Vander Velde21-Mar-2011 00:08
Neat well composed image. Happy New Year Alli.
Helen Betts20-Mar-2011 23:48
Beautifully captured, Ali, very creative. And a happy Nevruz to you! V.
Jim Coffman20-Mar-2011 22:48
Very nice work,Ali! V
Gill Kopy20-Mar-2011 22:43
Thanks again for sharing Iranian/Persian culture with us. Is "Happy Nowruz" appropriate ? Hope so. Love your interesting photo V
Ted Aanensen20-Mar-2011 21:39
Happy New Year Ali, thank you for sharing this wonderful history. BV
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