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Nowruz 2012
20-MAR-2012 Ali Majdfar

Nowruz 2012

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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Martin Wenzel23-Jan-2014 16:55
Beautiful image, Ali!
Joshua25-Sep-2013 13:13
Wow, what a wonderful image! Voted!
Lieve Snellings17-Feb-2013 10:30
Beutiful... V
James Clarke23-Jul-2012 12:05
Beautiful capture. BV
Ed McConnell22-Mar-2012 15:19
great shot and color..interesting information also.
Marcia Colelli22-Mar-2012 13:33
Very beautiful setting V
Dennis Hoyne22-Mar-2012 02:28
Happy New Year! Wonderful shot, Ali, wish I could taste all those goodies.
Peter Stahl22-Mar-2012 01:49
Happy New Year Ali! :-))
William Barletta22-Mar-2012 00:48
Happy New year and thank you for sharing
Graeme21-Mar-2012 23:49
Happy New Year, Ali. I hope it brings all you desire. This is quite a display.BV
Sheila21-Mar-2012 23:29
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Bill Klein21-Mar-2012 23:00
Beautiful image, Ali! V!
Happy New Year to you and yours.
marie-jose wolff21-Mar-2012 21:01
the decoration are so beautiful, wonderful flowers, fine food,
a good omen for Nowruz!
lisamidi21-Mar-2012 17:23
And a Happy New Year!
lisamidi21-Mar-2012 17:22
Excellent work, and so interesting to read your information. Thanks for taking us there. v
borisalex21-Mar-2012 16:29
Amazing tradition and fasinating display! Wonderful world you live in! V.
Sharon Payette21-Mar-2012 15:35
Beautiful celebratory image, Ali. Happy New Year!
jean-yves chamberland21-Mar-2012 14:32
very beautiful image!
cambraniz21-Mar-2012 14:02
Great great work ! Cheers! V
Fong Lam21-Mar-2012 13:42
A wonderful shot to welcome the New Year, Ali....well done! V
Randy Adams21-Mar-2012 12:55
Beautiful still life Ali! V
meekam tam21-Mar-2012 10:36
Beautiful image,Ali! V
Happy New Year!
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak21-Mar-2012 08:32
Excellent! ~V~
Happy New Year, Ali.
Irene Wehrli21-Mar-2012 07:43
Nice and colorful decoration, Happy new Year Ali!
Bryan Murahashi21-Mar-2012 04:57
A beautiful display for this start of your New Year. V
TuTmin21-Mar-2012 04:41
Happy NoRouz Happy Bahar .
nice 7Sins' set.
Yvonne21-Mar-2012 04:31
What a wonderful display, thank you for explaining the meanings, & Happy New Day! v
Frank Brault21-Mar-2012 02:51
Happy New Year!.. A beautiful image. V
vatorman21-Mar-2012 00:36
Beautiful shot to welcome the new year...
Gill Kopy20-Mar-2012 23:57
Happy New Year Ali - and thank you for the beautiful photograph and all the interesting information - let's pray for peace in the year to come V
Patricia Kay20-Mar-2012 22:49
Happy New Year Ali...beautiful image...BV
Stephanie20-Mar-2012 22:06
What a beautiful table and celebration! V
Karen Stuebing20-Mar-2012 21:24
Beautiful lighting on this lovely still life and fascinating explanation and tradition. Happy New Year. V.
parallaxes20-Mar-2012 20:37
Beautiful and delicate shot, Ali! Happy New Year to you and yours :^)
Linda Johansson20-Mar-2012 20:29
Great composition! Happy New Year to you Ali! V
Zoltán Balogh20-Mar-2012 20:20
This is great and very interesting Ali! Happy New Year!:) V
Johnny JAG20-Mar-2012 19:56
Happy New Year, love the presentation and the information.
Colin Storey20-Mar-2012 19:14
Superb image, happy new year to you all. v
zyziza20-Mar-2012 19:09
Brilliant! V
John Hamers20-Mar-2012 18:01
Beautiful work Ali, healthy and great new year to you V
joseantonio20-Mar-2012 17:34
Happy new year for you and your family, Ali
Very nice composition
Sofia Solomennikova20-Mar-2012 17:34
Happy New Nowruz Ali!!!!
Helen Betts20-Mar-2012 17:33
A beautiful and luminous still life. A very happy Nowruz to you, Ali. V.
Lieve Snellings20-Mar-2012 17:30
wish you a happy new year, a happy Nowruz Ali !
And hope the world comes to sence and stop thinking of bombing the people of Iran... wish you and all Iranians a happy and peaceful Nowruz ! V
eye2see20-Mar-2012 17:19
Happy New Year Ali!
Mildred Alpern20-Mar-2012 17:02
Just wonderful -- image and descriptive detail...a meaningful celebration
Simon Chandler20-Mar-2012 16:41
A beautiful image for the theme. Thank you for the info. Happy New Day. v
Mary Bowles20-Mar-2012 16:26
A fine photograph, with a beautiful commentary.
Thank you for bringing this knowledge to us.
Wishing you and yours a truly Happy New Year, Ali.
Gary Hudes20-Mar-2012 16:22
Very impressive, Ali. A very good year to you.
Martin Lamoon20-Mar-2012 16:07
A fantastic photograph with excellent detail and colour. Have a great New Year
All the best from Martin
Blandine Mangin20-Mar-2012 15:55
very beautiful ! v
Paola Saetti20-Mar-2012 15:26
Great shot (i wish taste them!) and explanation, i much appreciate. congrats! V
Margot W20-Mar-2012 15:19
Happy New Year Ali.
I wish you a prosperous and happy year to look forward to.
Bob White20-Mar-2012 15:18
Excellent work Ali ...v
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