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Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

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Wed, 21/03/2018 (All day)
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Zoroastrian New Years observance [Persian, Parsi, celebrated throughout various parts of the Middle East and Asia.] ...

In association with the "rebirth of nature", extensive spring-cleaning is a national tradition observed by almost every household [esp. in Iran [old Persia]...

During the Nowruz holidays, people are expected to visit one another (mostly limited to families, friends and neighbors) in the form of short house visits, which are usually reciprocated.

Typically, on the first day of Nowruz, family members gather around the table, with the Haft Seen on the table or set next to it, and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring.

At that time gifts are exchanged. Later in the day, the first house visits are paid to the most senior family members. Typically, the youth will visit the elders first, and the elders return their visit later.

When in previous year, a family member is deceased, the tradition is to visit that family first (among the elders). The visits naturally have to be relatively short, otherwise one will not be able to visit everybody on their list.

A typical visit is around 30 minutes, where you often run into other visiting relatives and friends who happen to be paying a visit to the same house at that time.

Because of the house visits, you make sure you have a sufficient supply of pastry, cookies, fresh and dried fruits and special nuts on hand, as you typically serve your visitors with these items with tea or sherbet.

Many Iranians will throw large Nowruz parties in a central location as a way of dealing with the long distances between groups of friends and family.

Some Nowruz celebrants believe that whatever a person does on Nowruz will affect the rest of the year. So, if a person is warm and kind to their relatives, friends and neighbors on Nowruz, then the new year will be a good one. On the other hand, if there are fights and disagreements, the year will be a bad one.

As an extended tradition to the holiday, men may or may not choose to shave their faces until the night of the "New Day" as a sign of removal of old habits and tendencies and the rebirth of their faith and being.

New Year Dishes and Desserts [edit]

Ash-e Reshteh: A noodle soup traditionally served on the first day of Noruz. The noodles are symbolic, as the waves and knots made by the noodles represent the multitude of possibilities of one's life. Untangling the noodles are said to bring good luck and fortune.[80] Sabzi Polo Mahi:

The New Year's Day traditional meal is called Sabzi Polo Mahi, which is rice with green herbs served with fish. The traditional seasoning for Sabzi Polo are parsley, coriander, chives, dill and fenugreek.  The many green herbs and spices in this dish are said to represent the greeness of Spring. Reshteh Polo: rice cooked with noodles which is said to symbolically help one succeed in life.

Dolme Barg :A traditional dish of Azeri people, cooked just before the new year. It includes some vegetables, meat and rice which have been cooked and embedded in grape leaves and cooked again.  It is considered useful in reaching to wishes.

Kookoo sabzi : Herbs and vegetable souffle, traditionally served for dinner at New Year.  A light and fluffy omelet style made from parsley, dill, coriander, spinach, spring onion ends, and chives, mixed with eggs and walnut.

Nowruz Koje: A traditional New Year's dish of the Kazakh people, which includes water, meat, salt, flour, cereal, and milk; symbolizing joy, luck, wisdom, health, wealth, growth, and heavenly protection.

Naan Berenji: Cookies made from rice flour.

Baqlava: A flaky pastry filled with walnuts, almonds or pistachios. Flavored with rosewater.

Samanu: Sprouted wheat pudding

Noghl: Candied almonds. ...

In Iran, the Islamic Regime attempted to suppress Nowruz following the Iranian Revolution and was met with very little success.

The Ayatollahs considered Nowruz a pagan holiday and a distraction from more important things such as Islamic holidays.[65]

For much more, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowruz 

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