Persian New Year Nowruz


Hello I am Nahid Boethe, standing as your Liberal Democrat’s candidate in the Greenhill ward in this year's local elections. I have lived in Harrow for over 40 years and have also been a passionate supporter of the Lib Dems for much of that time. 

I am a proud of my Persian heritage and having recently celebrated the Persian New Year, I would like to tell everyone more about it.

The Persian New Year, known as Nowruz (New Day) is the national New Year festivity celebrated in Iran and other countries throughout Central Asia.

It is a springtime celebration whose activities symbolise rebirth and the link between humans and nature.

It begins at the spring equinox - the moment when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length. 

The traditional meal for Nowruz consists of sabzi polo (rice with herbs), fish and salad. It is also traditional to wear something new and spend the day celebrating with family, usually at the eldest members house.
Everyone celebrating Nowruz will set up a Haft-Seen in their homes. This is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose name start with the letter ‘s’. These are:
• Sabzeh - wheat, barley, mung bean, or lentil sprouts grown in a dish
• Samanu - wheat germ sweet pudding
• Senjed - dried lotus tree fruit
• Serkeh - vinegar
• Sib - apple
• Seer - garlic 
• Sumac - spice

Also Sonbol - Hyacinth represents spring.


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