The exact moment that the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated each year which marks the beginning of the Persian New Year.
Millions of people celebrate the Persian new year all over the world at the exact time no matter what time zone they are in.
Norooz goes back thousands of years to when Persia was a great empire that covered a huge part portion of the map, which nowadays has been divided into many different countries.
Many of those countries still celebrate some of the old Persian traditions. Back in Iran, Norooz is an important holiday where all the schools are closed for two weeks.
Norooz started with the Zoroastrians but is now celebrated by many different religious. The Iranian calendar starts from the first day of spring which is March 21st of each year. Close families gather around a special table or spread where every single item set on it has a special meaning that is wished upon the new year.
The most important items on the table are 7 things with names that start with an “S” in the Farsi language:
1) Seeb (apple) represents health
2) Sabzeh (fresh greens) represents youthfulness
3) Senjed (Russian olive) represents the start of fatality
4) Samanoo (a special sweet made from sprouts) represents the fertility herbaceous?
5) Sekeh (coin) represents wealth
6) Serkeh (vinegar) represents the sourness of life
7) Seer(garlic) for safety
There are other items we place on the table that have special meanings as well. For instance, we place lots of candles to bring luminosity in life, a mirror for brightness, eggs for creation, fish in water for innocence and prosperity, jam and pastry for sweetness, and many other things which have been added in different parts of the world with their own beautiful meanings.
Norooz ends on the 13th day of spring with a special picnic ceremony where we join the greens and fish from our tables back with nature as we free them into rivers or ponds. People keep their table for the entire 13 days as they circle their visits, starting with the eldest member of the family and usually end with the youngest.
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