Monday, January 2, 2012

Persian New Year

Persian New Year is more popularly known as Nowruz or Noruz and is actually the Iranian New Year. An answer to the question when is Persian New Year, is that it falls on or around March 21 each year. As per Persian New Year traditions, the people start preparing for the celebrations much before the actual day. During the Persian New Year celebration time, canon sounds are made in every city and village and people greet and wish each other Happy New Year. They also follow the tradition of gifting each other and the gift is known as aidi. The elders generally gift the younger people and gold and silver coins are very popular forms of gifts. Persian New Year celebration falls on the vernal equinox day and is celebrated in parts of South Asian sub-continent as the New Year. Some days before the New Year in every Persian family, a special cover is laid on a Persian carpet or on some table and it is known as the Persian New Year table. This table is known as the cloth of seven dishes because the number seven is considered auspicious among Persians. These seven dishes are symbolic of the seven angelic heralds that are identified as life-rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty. Persian New Year 1389 or the Iranian New Year 2569 (1389) was celebrated in 2010. The colorful Persian New Year pictures of the elaborate celebrations are seen in the magazines depicting Persian customs, cuisine, and culture.

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