NOWRUZ: AN ANCIENT CELEBRATION
Making a web log wasn't so difficult for me. The only problem was that the web log address wasn't acceptable for more than 20 times. I asked my nephew to help me
But he couldn't then I asked Dr Marandy, my professor and she helped me kindly.
It's a new experience for me and I love it. I'm going to introduce my hometown to the world. I love to communicate to the world in this way.
Thanks to my professor.
Nowruz (meaning new day, it's the first day of New Year) is a national celebration which is very dear for Iranian people. Our ancestors in thousand years ago would observe this celebration so it's an ancient custom among Iranian people. Nowruz is also observed in Countries like Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan and so on.
Nowruz is sacred because we believe that God created the universe in Nowruz and also our first Imam, Imam Ali, (peace be upon him) was born in this day.
Nowruz holiday lasts for 13 days and it's the longest holiday in Iran. It's in the spring
So every where is green and the blossoms are out and beauty of nature accompany
With the pleasure of people.
NEY YEAR EVE
On the eve of New year families get together to celebrate the rebirth of nature. everyone wears their best clothes and they sit around Haft seen table, talk to each other and wait for the moment of changing the year. They eat sweets, fruits and nuts.
The special meal for this night is rice, fish and vegetables.
At the exact moment of changing the year (called tahvilesal)
The members of the family kiss each other, congratulate the New Year and hope a
Successful year for one another. They also read Koran and thank God that they are near their family. There's a special pray for tahvilesal that means: Our lord please change our feelings to the best and purest feelings. Parents give presents to their children. People also make wishes and hope that their wishes will come true. People send SMS to each other and congratulate the New Year.
In the New Year every body's very happy and friendly.
During Nowruz a lot of tourists come to Iran and go to different cities. People are very friendly to them and help them to have a great time in Nowruz. Since hotels
Fill up quickly, tourists should reserve them in advance. They can reserve them by internet.
Haft seen means seven "S" sounds. It's consists of seven things starting with "S" sound: Sib (apple), Serkeh (vinegar), Sekkeh (coin), Somagh, Samanoo, Sabzeh (sprout), Sir (garlic). There's also a small tank of golden fish on haft seen table. Each of these items is symbol of some thing for instance coin is symbol of money and sprout is symbol of life and liveliness.
During Nowruz people visit their relatives and give presents to them. Most families go on vacations around the country or prefer to go to other countries. People mostly go to the north of Iran to cities like Ramsar, Sary, masooleh, etc which are very beautiful or they go to Kish Island in the south. Kish is the most beautiful island
In our country and you can buy imported goods in low prices. Many people go to holy shine of Imam Reza (peace be upon him) in Mashhad.
SIZDEH BE DAR:On the 13th of Farvardin (Farvardin is the first month of spring) families go to the nature. They take food, fruits and nuts and eat out. In this day all the parks and green
Spaces are packed with people. The history of this day goes back to the superstition that figure 13 is evil and in the 13th of spring you should go to the nature and throw the evil out of your house. People who don't believe in this superstition go out to
See the blossoms on the trees and fresh grasses on the ground.
CHAHAR SHANBEH SOORI
The last Wednesday of the year called chahar shanbeh soori. On Tuesday evening lots of youngsters and mostly teenagers make a fire and jump over it. That's a very exiting job. They say to the fire: your red color is from me and my yellow color is from you.
That night is as light as a day.you can see fireworks every where.
About a month before Nowruz the whole country get ready for it. They clean their house: wash carpets, wipe the walls and clean or change their furniture. They go shopping and buy new clothes. Every Nowruz the fashion changes and the young people fallow the new fashion.
MY EXPERIENCE OF NOWRUZ 1385(2006)
The moment I'm writing this issue is Nowruz in my country. Today is the 6th of
Farvardin and I have a great time. It is holiday and I don't go to university so I
Have a lot of free time to see my relatives, to watch movies and to sleep till 9 am.
This year I didn't have the chance to travel but I'm going to travel in the summer.