Persian new year, or Nowruz (new day), happens once a year during the spring equinox. The holiday is celebrated by over 300 million people around the world from all different cultures, religions, and backgrounds. It’s based on the lunar calendar so the exact time and date nowruz occurs changes a little every year. This year in the US, the Persian new year was on March 20 at 5:58pm ET. That was the moment in time when the daylight officially became longer than the night hours – symbolic of when light overpowers the dark.
Nowruz is one of the oldest holidays in known history that is still celebrated today. It’s a time to renew the spirit and start fresh. Many parts of the world have a full two week holiday from work this time of year to celebrate. The nowruz celebration lasts 13 days during which family and friends get together and eat delicious meals and desserts.
There’s also a beautiful Persian spread, called the haftsin, in the homes of anyone that celebrates. Haftsin means seven S’s, so the spread includes seven different items that begin with S in Farsi. This was my first year with a haftsin. Now that I have my son, I feel my Persian roots and heritage more than ever. I have so many amazing memories of nowruz growing up, and I hope I can provide the same for my son.
I know this post is a bit late, but happy spring and happy nowruz to you all, Persian or not! I hope this year brings you all the happiness, health, and success your hearts desire.
Until next time