Nowruz 2022

Nowruz is one of the largest cultural and religious celebrations of the world, held annually. In Persian: Nowruz means “New Day”. This ancient festival dates back to over 3,000 years ago and is celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, and several other regions across Central Asia. It also marks the first day of spring (vernal equinox). Nowruz has its roots in Zoroastrianism, a religion that has been followed in these areas for thousands of years. The day is celebrated worldwide by various ethnolinguistic groups and falls on or around the date of 21 March on the Gregorian calendar.


Nowruz – Persian: نوروز, pronounced [nowˈɾuːz]; is a Persian festival that celebrates the beginning of spring by bringing family and friends together over a special meal called “Haft-seen” (Persian: هفت‌سین). It is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with the letter “س” (pronounced as “seen”), the 15th letter in the Persian alphabet; “haft” (هفت) is Persian for “seven”.

These items include: apples, vinegar, garlic, sumac berries, wheat sprouts, and more. Each item has a distinct meaning and purpose—for example, wheat sprouts represent rebirth and growth.

Mealtime is an important part of Nowruz celebrations. In fact, it’s believed that the traditions of Haft Seen have their roots in Zoroastrianism, where meals were an essential part of religious life.

Many people also choose to clean their homes before Nowruz begins to symbolize starting off the year fresh. The spring equinox (the day of Nowruz) is also a time to visit family and friends to wish them a happy new year!

FUN FACTS ABOUT NOWRUZ

We’re so excited to celebrate #Nowruz this weekend! It’s a holiday packed with history and traditions, but there are some lesser-known facts about it that are worth sharing.

Here are 3 fun facts about Nowruz that we bet will surprise you!

  • The first day of Nowruz is calculated by the solar calendar. This is why the date of the holiday fluctuates from year to year.
  • Nowruz is a two-week celebration that marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran’s official Solar Hijri calendar. The celebration includes four public holidays from the first to the fourth day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian calendar, usually beginning on March 21. The Solar Hijri calendar has been Iran’s official calendar since 1925.
  • You can celebrate Nowruz no matter where you are in the world—the exact moment spring begins is at precisely the same time all around the globe!
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