For over two thousand years the people of the Silk Road have been celebrating Nowruz, meaning “New Day” in Persian, on the Spring Equinox.
Nowruz today is celebrated by over 300 million people world wide, mostly in the former regions of the Persian Empire, as either the New Year or a major Spring holiday. It is the celebration of the rebirth of nature, the cleansing of one’s slate, and starting anew.
In Iran, Nowruz is celebrated as the most important holiday, even more so than religious holidays, and is practiced by all it’s citizens regardless of religious or ethnic background.
It is in Iranian tradition to put a symbolic table together for Nowruz, comprising of “7 S’s” or 7 things which begin with the letter S. Each one is symbolic of something. For example, the garlic represents health and wellness while the mirror represents a reflection of oneself.
Nowruz celebrations will last for 2 weeks as is tradition, filled with parties, exchanging of gifts, and visiting family and friends.