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Chaharshanbeh suri – The Persian Festival of Fire

Chaharshanbeh suri – The Persian Festival of Fire

One of my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E Norooz related celebrations is “Chaharshanbeh suri”, literally, the “Eve of the Red Wednesday. I personally refer to it as Fire jumping night. On the last Wednesday eve before the New Year, people get together to share foods that are traditional to that night, and lit bonfires and jump over them chanting “Zardi –e -man az to, Sorkhi-e- to az man”, which means you’re asking the fire to give you its strength and energy for the coming year,…

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Sofreh-e Haft Sinn

Sofreh-e Haft Sinn

Every year in March, Iranians and other nationalities celebrating Norooz prepare a Sofreh-e Haft Sin (clothes of 7 dishes) that they will keep until the 13th day after Norooz (Sizdeh Bedar). I usually set mine up on the same day as the “Samanoo Pazoon“ tradition, which puts me in the right mindset for the first of many New Year related celebrations. “Sinn” in Farsi stands for the letter “S”, and the number 7 has been sacred in Iran since the…

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What if you started the New Year with a wish instead of a resolution?

What if you started the New Year with a wish instead of a resolution?

Who has not made the infamous annual New Year’s resolution only to see it drift away as the weeks went by, and the hype and motivation of the first few weeks of the New Year are behind us? Anyone? For years, I did. And then, I moved to the US where, ironically, I started to celebrate and embrace the traditions associated with my Persian heritage. Persians celebrate New Year (aka Norooz, which literally means “New Day”), on the Spring equinox,…

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