Nowruz which literally translates to ‘New Day’ marks the end of the old year and the start of a new one. Nowruz Mubarak greetings and wishes will fill the air on Nowruz or Persian New Year is the traditional Iranian festival of spring. Every year Nowruz is celebrated on the date 21st March, 2017 by millions of Iranians worldwide. Search engine giant Google also came up with their beautiful ode to 2017 Nowruz festival with the brightest and most colourful Google Doodle. Nowruz means New Day as per the Hijri culture. The eye-catching animation of Nowruz Google doodle has all the elements representing the spring, subtly reminding the history and traditions of Nowruz or the Iranian New Year. The United Nations formally recognized Nowruz or Persian New Year as an international holiday in the year 2010.
The spring festival is basically observed by worldwide with the believers and followers deep cleaning their homes, which is a crucial part of Navroz festivities and rituals. It is called ‘Spring cleaning’ or Khouneh Tekouni (literally means ‘shaking the house’) or ‘complete cleaning of the house’ is commonly performed before Nowruz. It is followed by family get-togethers celebrating the beginning of a new year and a hopeful new life. The celebrations include deeply wishing for good luck in the year ahead to each other.
When is Nowruz 2017 Date and Time?
Nowruz 2017 will be celebrated on March 21. Although there is no clear date of origin, Nowruz occurs on or around the time of the March equinox. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Nowruz also commemorates the beginning of the Persian spring festival March 21 annually. Persian New Year marks the start of spring for natives of Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries and cultures influenced by ancient Persia. Usually, the equinox happens from March 19 to March 21 with Nowruz celebrations falling on March 20/21 each year. This year it began on Monday at exactly at the time 2:28:40 pm.
What is the history of Nowruz?
Noruz can be traced to Zoroastrianism, founded in Iran about 3,500 years ago. It is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the monotheistic religion. The spring festival of Noruz is celebrated in countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikestan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. In Iran, Nowruz is the most important holiday marking the country’s official New Year. The day is also observed as the first day of Farvardin or the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. Republic of Azerbaijan comes second in celebrating Nowruz in grand scale after Iran.
Nowruz is also celebrated by Kurdish people in Iraq and Turkey and as well as by the Parsis in the Indian subcontinent. The Zoroastrian Parsis of India celebrate Noruz twice in a year – first during the vernal equinox in March referred as the Fasli New Year and second in the month of July or August, depending upon whether they follow the Kadmi or the Shahenshahi calendar.
What are the traditions of Nowruz?
About 300 million people celebrate Nowruz globally, with traditions and deeply-rooted rituals precisely followed in the Balkans, the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East ethnicities. Of all the Persian national festivals, Nowruz or the New Year celebrations are considered the most important, cheerful and colorful one.
Traditional Nowruz celebrations include a quality time spent with family, friends and well-wishers. The age-old traditions see the gathering of the family around the Haft Seen, a decorated spread, for the exact moment of the New Year followed by an exchange of presents. Haft-Seen also spelled as Haft Sin (Persian: هفتسین, the seven seen’s) is a tabletop (sofreh) arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz, the Iranian new year. The haft-seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter Seen (letter) (fa) (س) in the Persian alphabet. After the gifts exchange, Nawroz traditions may include folk dance performances, special concerts, and tree planting ceremonies.
The celebrations do not end on the Nowruz but the next 13 days after Nowruz, family and friends’ visit each other at their homes. This ritual is also known as Eid Deedani, literally meaning seeing Eid. Eid Deedani is a particularly happy occasion for children, who get new currency kept for them inside the Quran by the elders as their gifts.
Best Nowroz Greetings & Quotes to wish Iranian New Year
No auspicious day can be complete without wishing happy greetings to the family and friends. Nowruz is no different and in fact being a New Year, the excitement to send wishes and messages to the near and dear ones is even more. Some of the best collection of Nowroz 2017 Greetings and Quotes to wish Iranian New Year are given below.
Wind and rain have gone.
Lord Nowurz has come.
Friends, convey this message.
The New Year has come again
This spring be your good luck
The tulip fields be your joy.
Hope this Nowruz brings lots of LOVE and WARMTH for you and your loved ones…Do not hate anyone as we have got the LIFE to LOVE and NOT to HATE others. Happy Nowruz!
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. – Edith Lovejoy
Nowruz, a celebration that lasts for two weeks is the joyous moment for the followers worldwide. The important day for Iranians and believers of similar faith, Nowruz was addressed as an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature by the UN. According to the UN website, Nouruz is inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples. Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature with International Nowruz Day being proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday. Happy Nowruz 2017 or Nowruz Mubarak! (Picture credits: Pinterest).