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2010 Norooz: Nowruz Events and News Worldwide

2009 Norooz: Nowruz Events and News Worldwide

Norouz Rituals Slideshows

Haji Firouz; The traditional herald of the Nowruz season is a man called Haji Firouz.
Haft-sin; Table with the seven ‘S’s items symbolizing rebirth, love, medicine, beauty, sunrise,…
Chaharshanbe Suri; Wednesday of fire
Sizdah Bedar; The thirteenth day of the new year, a day of festivity in the open.


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1- Haji Firouz The traditional herald of the Nowruz season is a man called Hājī Fīrūz (or Khwāja Pīrūz). He symbolizes the rebirth of the Sumerian god of sacrifice, Domuzi, who was killed at the end of each year and reborn at the beginning of the New Year.

- Haji Firuz Made My Day

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2-Haft-sin (هفت سین) table with the seven ‘S’s is a major tradition of Nowruz.

1. sabzeh(سبزه) – wheat – symbolizing rebirth

2. samanu (سمنو)- pudding – symbolizing affluence

3. senjed (سنجد)- dried fruit of the oleaster tree – symbolizing love

4. sîr (سیر)- garlic – symbolizing medicine

5. sîb (سیب)- apples – symbolizing beauty and health

6. somaq (سماق)- sumac berries – symbolizing (the color of) sunrise

7. serkeh (سرکه)- vinegar – symbolizing age and patience

- In Search of the Haft Sin

- Norouz, the (Iranians) New Year and the Haft-Sin Symbolism

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3- Chaharshanbe Suri The night before the last Wednesday of the year is celebrated as Chahârshanbe Sûrî (Persian: چهارشنبه سوری, (Azerbaijani: Od çərşənbəsi, Türkçe: Al çarşambası meaning Wednesday of fire, Kurdish: Çarşeme surê, چوارشه‌مه‌ سوورێ meaning red Wednesday).

- Iranians Celebrate Chahar-Shanbeh Soori Festival

- Chaharshanbeh-Suri registered on Iran’s intangible heritage list


4- Sizdah Bedar The thirteenth day of the new year festival is Sizdah Bedar (literally meaning “thirteen to out”, figuratively meaning “hit the outdoors on the thirteenth”). This is a day of festivity in the open, often accompanied by music and dancing, usually at family picnics.

Sizdah Bedar, friendship with nature