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20-MAR-2010 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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maryam 22-Mar-2016 09:52
My love is Iran,my love is nowruz,my love is world without war
clickA SF30-Dec-2013 22:45
Fabulous capture and history! BV
Guest 09-Dec-2013 13:47
Fantastic shot!Thanks for the so beautiful culture lesson,Ali!V!
Milan Vogrin22-Oct-2013 08:12
Look great!
GeneWard20-Oct-2013 03:23
Beautifully captured!
Chrismaro17-Oct-2013 22:21
La photo est belle et le texte de présentation passionnant, c'est superbe... comme toutes vos autres galeries d'ailleurs ! ~ V ~
Buz Kiefer24-Sep-2013 21:49
Beautiful interior photo, Ali, and a very nice commentary. Vote.
Yiannis Pavlis10-Mar-2013 23:22
Excellent taken. Beautiful work.
Photo.Keely10-Mar-2013 00:19
Nice image. Well done! V.
Joshua03-Mar-2013 21:55
A feast for both the stomach and the eyes! Great capture!
Jean D12-Feb-2013 04:21
Excellent work on this image.. Thanks for sharing the captioned information, Ali. ~V
Pentti Kyyronen28-Jan-2013 09:12
Very fascinating, a historical, colorful Nowruz table with many sorts óf fruits and flowers, even coins are presented ! BV
Fay Stout23-Jul-2012 14:53
Fascinating... and beautifully photographed! V
Gervan26-Apr-2012 22:57
Very nice image. Thanks for the info added. V.
Dennis Hoyne01-Mar-2012 04:09
Outstanding! This looks so good. I so enjoyed the description.
Dennis Hoyne01-Mar-2012 04:09
Outstanding! This looks so good. I so enjoyed the description. Happy New Year!
Lampridis Dimitris01-Dec-2011 18:18
Amazing shot !!! Congratulations *****
Julie Oldfield12-Nov-2011 15:08
Len22-Oct-2011 14:32
An excellent still life,sharp and great lighting,good explanation of each!!!!V.
Vickie BROWN19-Oct-2011 15:45
Great work, very rich colours, food and decoration! BV
Guest 19-Aug-2011 21:36
mahsharan axatun khaste nabashin
Alexander Kazakov18-Aug-2011 03:38
Very beautiful set! V
Bernard Bosmans01-Jun-2011 02:42
A most beautiful setting Ali, thanks for sharing your Nowruz in word and picture. Have a great year. V.
rocky24-May-2011 15:44
Great presentation and interesting background info. Happy New Year, Ali! =V=
Guest 02-Apr-2011 18:43
Beautiful setting, lighting, composition, and information. BV
Carol Rollins09-Jan-2011 18:00
This is splendid, Ali. The light is fabulous in this most pleasing composition. ~
Milan Vogrin30-Aug-2010 17:14
Look great!V!
Danny Tuason01-Apr-2010 16:06
Excellent shot Ali!

Nowruz mubarak!! V
goelsamuel30-Mar-2010 21:44
Very artistic! V!
marko gregoric26-Mar-2010 09:02
Wow. Fantastic image..... Happy new year. V.
Kuriacose Joseph24-Mar-2010 01:57
Happy New Year, Ali. And thank you for the History lesson.
Guest 24-Mar-2010 01:23
Happy New year Ali !! beautiful pic !V
Guest 23-Mar-2010 20:05
Happy New Year Ali!! Amazing photo!!! Big vote!
Richard Calmes23-Mar-2010 19:00
Happy New Year! Great image! V
Ed McConnell23-Mar-2010 03:45
Great image. Very sharp and lots of color. Ali. Happy New Year.
monica memoli22-Mar-2010 22:00
Very interesting!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. v
slhoornstra22-Mar-2010 20:01
A lovely tradition, and you have made a fine Haft Seen table!! V
Yvonne22-Mar-2010 04:17
Thank you for the history of this happy time Ali, a very tasty and attractive feast you have captured! v
laine22-Mar-2010 02:06
This is beautiful, Ali...thank you for the information too.
Guest 22-Mar-2010 01:38
Happy New Year, Ali. Thanks for the very informative and beautiful image. V.
Sheila22-Mar-2010 00:44
Great image Ali. Happy New Year.
NealyBob21-Mar-2010 23:08
Thanks for the culture lesson Ali! Very scrumptious looking food! Let's eat~!V
Guest 21-Mar-2010 21:45
I am happy that you share your culture with us, as I find it fascinating, it is like getting a history and culture lesson. Keep up the great work : ) v
Colin Storey21-Mar-2010 20:42
Great shot and wonderful words behind it. v
TuTmin21-Mar-2010 18:50
Nice Sofre. Eid o Bahar hamishegi . Nuroz mubark Ali.
Roby21-Mar-2010 16:57
nice composition, V
meekam tam21-Mar-2010 10:17
Very academic explanation of Nowruz. Beautiful photo too. We know so little about Iran . Thanks for sharing, Ali! Happy Nowruz! V
Monique Becker et Jean Luc Bocquillon21-Mar-2010 09:40
very nice composition
and think you for the informations
jean luc bocquillon
cambraniz21-Mar-2010 09:06
Happy new year, and thank you for the explanations. V
Randy Adams21-Mar-2010 09:02
Happy New Year Ali! Beautiful presentation! V
lisamidi21-Mar-2010 08:56
Happy New Yeat to you and your family and friends, Ali!
I thank you for the very interesting informations. Your image is terrific and illustrates Nowruz so well.
Stephanie21-Mar-2010 07:59
WOW! Such interesting information about Nowruz and a beautifully set table. Happy New Year Ali! V
Ceya21-Mar-2010 07:24
Happy New Year! And thank you for the information!
Great shot! V
Paco López21-Mar-2010 06:34
Happy new year!! Fantastic shot, V!
Sam Rua21-Mar-2010 04:59
Happy New Year, Ali. Nice presentation and effect.
Hank Vander Velde21-Mar-2010 02:18
Happy New Year Ali! Have a good feast but don't eat too much. Have a good year and keep those superb images coming.
Vince21-Mar-2010 01:39
Lovely presentation and Happy New Year. Vote.
Margot W20-Mar-2010 23:18
Happy New Year Ali. May this next year be even better than the last.
Sonja Ross20-Mar-2010 23:03
Very interesting to read about the symbolism - thanks for sharing it and Happy New Year.
pepe_carmona200020-Mar-2010 21:38
Feliz año nuevo, bonita composición y buena saturación de color Voto
Valene20-Mar-2010 21:18
Happy New Year, wonderful setting. V
Jim Coffman20-Mar-2010 21:03
A very nice setting! V
an nguyen20-Mar-2010 20:53
Beautiful presentation.
Happy New Year, Ali.
Guest 20-Mar-2010 20:45
Absolutely gorgeous!! v
waterfalls man20-Mar-2010 20:02
Excellent Shot & Comp V!!
Robert Houde20-Mar-2010 19:18
Very nice composition.
Zaid Kurdi20-Mar-2010 18:58
Superb capture dear Ali....Amazing composition and colors... wonderful informations..Happy Nowruz from your Kurdish friend.........Big Vote. :)
Zoltán Balogh20-Mar-2010 17:51
Wonderful capture, happy New Day Ali! V
Gerard Koehl20-Mar-2010 16:56
Superbe et bonne fête.. V
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak20-Mar-2010 16:55
I also thank you for your clarification. ~V~
Picture is amazing ;~}}}
marie-jose wolff20-Mar-2010 16:40
thank you for all the explanations about Nowruz and this delightful image,
and Happy Nowruz, Ali!
Philippe Jeandy20-Mar-2010 16:40
Happy new Year, Ali . BV.
Blandine Mangin20-Mar-2010 16:12
Happy New Year, Ali !
Ursula Armstrong20-Mar-2010 15:35
Happy New Year, Ali! May it be good for you with a lot of wonderful photo opportunities. Uschi (V)
Peter Stahl20-Mar-2010 15:35
A wonderful setting and excellent info. Enjoy the day. :-)
Guest 20-Mar-2010 15:32
Happy New Year, looks terrific and yammyyyyyy.
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