Nowruz or the new year according to the Iranian calendar is finally here! If you’re someone who would observe this festival annually, you already know the drill. It is easily one of the most joyous times of the year! However, if you’re new to Nowruz and want some tips about how to celebrate this iconic festival, here are some traditions you can observe in order to celebrate this underrated but iconic festival.
7 Ways To Observe Nowruz, The Persian New Year
1. Khuneh Tekuni
Khuneh Tekuni is the process of cleaning your house and ridding it of old stuff that is not in use anymore. Along with it, the process is also said to get rid of all the negative energy in the house. The phrase Khuneh Tekuni literally means shaking the house. If Marie Kondo was Persian, her iconic show would’ve been called Shaking Your House With Marie Kondo.
2. Chaharshanbe Suri
Chaharshanbe Suri is another unmissable ceremony that is a part of the celebration of the Persian new year. It is the ceremonial jumping over the fire. Basically, people believe that jumping over the fire will rid you of all the sickness and negativity. You’re supposed to chant the phrases “Sorkhi-ye to az man, Zardi-ye man az to.” It translates to “Give me your beautiful crimson glow and take my sickly pallor.”
3. Hajji Firuz
Think Santa Claus, but Persian. Hajji Firuz is a jolly old man who wears all red and plays the tombak, a type of tambourine. He helps in people burn away the old in order to make way for new beginnings, and this is why his face is said to have turned black from all the ashes. He is often accompanied by another folkloric character, Amoo Nowruz and Naneh Sarma.
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4. Haft Seen Table
This is another one of the most important practices of Nowruz. It is a ceremonial table of items that are spelt with the Persian letter س. The letter is pronounced as ‘seen.’ The table is set with seven items that all symbolise different things.
5. Festive Food
Of course, no festival is complete without a luscious spread of food that is unique to the culture in which the festival is celebrated. This particular festival, too, has delicious and aromatic food items like Sabzi Polo Mahi, Kookoo Sabzi, Baklava, and more!
Do you hear the Cha-Ching? Eydi is basically a gift of money given to young ones by the elders in the family. Unlike in christmas, where you exchange presents, Eydi witnesses the gifting of money. And what better gift is there than the gift of money?
7. Buying New Clothes
What are festivals without the thrill of shopping and a sprinkle of consumerism? Buying new clothes for Nowruz is also one of the special customs observed by many because if the year is new, why should your clothes be old?
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Which of these traditional practices are you most excited to get to? Let us know in the comments below! Curly Tales wishes you and your loved ones Nowruz Mobarak!
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