Iranians' Message of
Peace and Friendship for the World
Nasrin Pourhamrang for Salem-News.com
During the final days of the year, the lifestyle of Iranians is
quite different from the other days and months of the year. The most
remarkable feature of this difference is the immense dynamism and
bustle of the people.
Over the final days of the year and prior to the arrival of Persian
New Year or Nowruz, people usually have a lot of work to do. They
try to complete the unfinished jobs of the passing year, while
preparing for family travels and journeys during the New Year
Some liquidate financial accounts and take care of debts and
credits, while replacing outdated home appliances with new ones,
purchase new clothing for the family members and cleaning every spot
of the house.
All of these ceremonies are observed to welcome the arrival of
Nowruz, the Persian New Year dating back more than 7,000 years ago.
Nowruz starts when the sun is observed to be directly over the
equator, and the north and south poles of the Earth lie along the
solar terminator. The precise moment of vernal equinox marks the
beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and heralds the
commencement of Nowruz.
Nowruz is the festivity of the rejuvenation of nature and rebirth of
the earth; a day when the planet experiences greenness after a long
period of snow and coldness. Nowruz is the festivity of the revival
of nature and its connection with humankind.
Humankind's realization of the importance of nature leads to
preservation of the environment with green ceremonies; however,
Iranians who lived in the ancient land of Iran for hundreds of years
recognized the value and vitality of nature and adapted all of their
daily affairs with the laws of the nature.
The interest of the ancient Iranians in nature was not limited to
celebrating Nowruz; Tirgan, Mehregan, Yalda, Khordadgan,
Shahrivargan, Abangan, Bahmangan and many other festivals which are
registered in Iran's account of culture and civilization have all
been glorified in order to maintain the friendly linkage with the
nature and enshrine the important elements of nature which are water
In ancient Iranian customs and culture, contaminating the water was
an unforgivable sin. Water was the source of life and joviality and
several ceremonies were held to glorify and venerate it.
Several customs are held during Nowruz: spreading the Haft-seen
table setting is one of the most important practices. A few hours
before the precise moment of vernal equinox and transition of the
year, Iranian families set decorative tables and put certain items
on it, wearing their new and beautiful clothing, gather around the
table setting, praying for the well-being of their family members
and friends while asking Almighty God to bless them in the upcoming
Once the New Year starts on the exact moment of vernal equinox, they
eat from the sweetmeat and comestibles on the Haft-seen table and
present gifts to each other. They try to wear the best clothes
during the Nowruz days and eat the best edibles. Iranian families go
to meet each other during the holiday.
The children go to meet their parents and so do the youngsters
concerning the elders. Following a few days, the parents and the
elders return the visits of their children and the youngsters and go
to their homes. They gather in public, eat fruits, sweetmeat and
dried nuts and socialize with each other. During these meetings,
people present holiday gifts to each other as a sign of benevolence
and blessing in the New Year.
During the Nowruz holidays, people take advantage of the opportunity
to travel and go on trips. One can find innumerable tourist magnets
in different cities of Iran.
On the 13th day of Nowruz which marks the end of the holidays,
people, according to an ancient tradition, go outside the city to
spend the whole day with nature. Along with eating delicious and
miscellaneous foods on the thirteenth day of Nowruz, they play
different games, celebrate the "Sizdah-bedar" feast and gambol
Iranians get prepared for the beginning of their official work after
spending two jovial weeks accompanied with eating the most delicious
and delightful edibles, visiting the friends and family members,
wearing the best and most beautiful clothes and going on various
Nowruz is a messenger of peace, friendship, benevolence for the
humankind and admiration for the nature not only for Iranians, but
for several nations and tribes who adorn this ancient festivity and
celebrate it. Nowruz is an opportunity for rethinking, restarting
Nowruz puts before your eyes the beauties of life and reminds us
that we should enjoy these beauties before we lose the chance.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) has registered Nowruz in its list of intangible cultural
heritage and the UN itself has recognized Nowruz as an international
holiday and provided the world nations with the opportunity to hear
the message of Nowruz, look at its beauties and benefit from its
Nowruz is the spiritual heritage of humankind and the Iranians will
be most delighted if the world nations enjoy this heritage and take
advantage of it. Nowruz is the message of peace and friendship by
the Iranians for the whole world.
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