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Nowrouz ( Nowrooz )
20-MAR-2008 Ali Majdfar

Nowrouz ( Nowrooz )

Nowruz [pronounced NO-ROOZ] in Persian means "New-[year]-day". It is the beginning of the 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 Nowruz.
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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princess06-Jan-2011 23:36
Very nice image with an excellent commentary. Very interesting. V.
Monique Trempe12-Aug-2009 17:21
Good shot! Thanks for sharing.
poetry66603-Aug-2009 22:12
Gorgeous composition Ali, the colours are amazing my friend.BV!!
Elly 13-Apr-2009 16:11
Hi, and Happy New Year. Is it OK if I use this picture in my own blog?
Sara 18-Mar-2009 09:06
Very beautiful photo, can I use this for personal ecard for Norooz this year?
Faramarz Ghorbani 11-Mar-2009 22:19
Hi ALi

I like yr excellent Commentary on Iranian new year festival ,
God bless you and happy Nowrouz to you & yr Family
Faramarz / Halifax -
an nguyen15-Nov-2008 02:12
Beautiful display of a tradition... BV
Jean-Christophe Meyer24-Sep-2008 18:54
Have a good beginning, nice shot and interesting effects. Vote
Giancarlo Guzzardi04-Aug-2008 08:09
beautiful composition and effect
silvia marmori11-Jun-2008 20:56
great.. details explanation and image..such interesting history !
thank you a lot..
Guest 27-Mar-2008 19:40
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Soenda25-Mar-2008 01:31
Thank you very much for sharing the background of your new year celebration. The traditions sound wonderful, full of meaning and opportunity for refreshing lives at the start of a new cycle. It sounds much more appealing than the drinking and revelry that characterize Western celebrations. I wish you a very happy, healthy and inspiring new year.
XiaoBernard9923-Mar-2008 09:37
Dear ALI,
Many Thanks for your explanations on the traditionnal Festivazl of NOWRUZ that I did not know.
Your presentation also is very nice with this genreral view of yours symbols and contents.
Have a Happy NOWRUZ
Guest 23-Mar-2008 02:08
Thank you Ali for such an indepth explanation, on your tradition.Happy No-rooz.V
Guest 23-Mar-2008 01:37
Ali Jaan Dorud bar to,
happy new Persian year (2567)
I'm sure IRAN would be proud of you, this beautiful image shows the glory of
Persian culture.(Lura &George W. also have celeborated the Norooz.
thanks for sharing,Norooz Pirooz...Big V.
Tina Todd22-Mar-2008 13:28
Happy New Year, Ali! Thank you so much for sharing your tradition. I never knew.
Norbert Fortelny21-Mar-2008 20:13
Wonderful, thanks!
This seems to be the most sensible time for starting a new year.
Happy new year.
Tatai Imre21-Mar-2008 19:57
Zaid Kurdi21-Mar-2008 16:17
Happy Nowruz Ali,Amazing work,fantastic composition and colors,Thanks alot for the wonderful informations about Kurds ......V. :)
Michel Jasmin21-Mar-2008 14:39
Happy Nowruz Ali
Brian with an Eye21-Mar-2008 06:55
Happy Nowruz to you and yours, Ali! A beautiful image of the festive table and fascinating background information. ~V~
Debbie Blackburn Beierle21-Mar-2008 06:37
Beautiful image! Well done! Thank you so much for the information. Happy New Year!
NealyBob21-Mar-2008 05:24
Beautiful image! Thanks for the history lesson~! V
Barb21-Mar-2008 03:10
Interesting history. Excellent shot.
Yvonne21-Mar-2008 02:45
What a beautiful table of goodies, and thanks for the wonderful story Ali! v
Hank Vander Velde21-Mar-2008 02:04
Very nice image Ali. Happy Nowruz. V.
Char21-Mar-2008 00:59
Hi Ali,
What an excellent picture and a Happy Nowruz to you. \/ Thank you for the interesting history.
vatorman21-Mar-2008 00:20
Well a Happy Nowruz to you and I hope you have a fantastic year ahead! (And thanks for the lesson about the day.)
Sheila20-Mar-2008 22:44
Happy Nowruz.
Beautiful shot and a very interesting commentary.
parallaxes20-Mar-2008 22:10
Wonderful shot, so well composed and colored ; so appetizing. ; a real pleasure for the eye and for sure for the palate ; your comment is a "+". Great V
Happy Nowruz and all the best !
laine8220-Mar-2008 21:56
Thank you Ali for the history of this beautiful tradition. Happy New year to all !!
This setting is so lovely. Vote
marie-jose wolff20-Mar-2008 19:52
superb image, beautiful and festive table! thanks fot the history about Nowruz.
Happy New Year, Ali!
Sofia Solomennikova20-Mar-2008 19:44
Happy Nowruz, Ali! Beautiful capture, treatment and explanation. V
Jaime González20-Mar-2008 19:37
Creative and beautiful image. Thanks for the fantastic explanation about your traditions. -V-
Liz Bickel20-Mar-2008 18:53
Stunning still life. Crystal clear, beautifully lit, and oh, so well composed. Your wonderful explanation brings it all to life.
Mohamed Mahmoud20-Mar-2008 18:48
Sal noo Mubarak Ali,
Happy new year if i wrote it wrong.
Very nice setup, and fantastic photo and processing
Sam Stevenson20-Mar-2008 18:22
Wonderful still life with an interesting treatment, along with a fascinating history. I wish you a very happy New Year!
TuTmin20-Mar-2008 18:21
Superb shot. Eidet mobarak Ali .har rozet Norooz ,har rozet piroz. elahi shadi o tandorosti hamishegit bada.
Gérard Koehl20-Mar-2008 18:05
Superbe... V
Simon Chandler20-Mar-2008 17:53
What an attractive image rich in contents! Very interesting. Great info. v
Happy Nowruz, Ali.
Brinn MacDougall20-Mar-2008 17:28
It's beautifully set-up and well explained, Happy New Year..v
Paco López20-Mar-2008 17:17
Excellent shot and may thanks for the explainning! VOTE!
And have a good new year!!
Marjan Schavemaker20-Mar-2008 17:07
Excellent, Ali! V
Ceya20-Mar-2008 17:01
What a festive table with all kind of New Year's delicacies and symbols! You have given us very interesting information of your traditions, thank you! May the beginning year be a happy one for you and the yours! Big vote!
Mary Bowles20-Mar-2008 16:41
An magical picture and an excellent commentary on Nowruz.
May the coming year be a good and peaceful one for us all.
Jessica-C20-Mar-2008 16:33
Thank you for such an indepth explanation, it really awes me. Wishing you a happy year ahead.
carabias20-Mar-2008 16:03
Bellísima imagen y explicación, Ali. Gran Voto
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