Happy Nowruz from the School of Global Studies and Partnerships!
Nowruz, known as the Persian New Year, marks the first day of Spring and the rebirth of nature. It contributes to cultural diversity and friendship among different people and communities through the promotion of the values of peace and solidarity.
The holiday is celebrated over 13 days with a variety of music and dance rituals involving fire and water, traditional sporting events, and ceremonies. Gifts are often exchanged between loved ones.
Many practice the tradition of gathering around a table, called a haftseen, that has been decorated with seven items, as seven is considered a lucky number. These items include an apple, garlic, vinegar, hyacinth, sweet pudding, sprouts and coins. Each is seen as a symbol of spring and renewal.
Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3000 years in several regions around the world. Some of the countries that recognize Nowruz as a holiday are Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkey. The United Nations declared March 21 as International Nowruz Day in 2010.
You can learn more about Nowruz on the United Nations’ website. http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/index.shtm