The arrival of spring heralds the start of Norooz, the Persian New Year. Observed by people across the world in countries such as Iran, that were once part of the Persian empire. It has been commemorated for thousands of years.
Norooz is about welcoming spring, celebrating new births, the revival of nature and spreading messages of love and peace. It is celebrated each year at the exact start of the Spring Vernal Equinox.
Kian in Reception celebrated Norooz with his family. Together they laid a ‘HAFTSIN’ (Seven things beginning with the letter S) that all symbolise different hopes for the new year:
- Sir (garlic): For good health
- Senjed (sweet dry fruit of the lotus tree): For love and affection
- Serkeh (vinegar): For patience and wisdom
- Seeb (apples): For beauty
- Samanu (wheat pudding): For sweetness of life and affluence
- Somagh (crushed spice of berries): For the sunrise and the spice of life
- Sabzeh (sprouted lentil grass): For rebirth and renewal of nature
There’s also Sekeh (coins) for prosperity and Tokhmeh Morgh (eggs) for fertility.
This year Kian’s family celebrated the:
- Year 7042 based on Mitrai Aryan calendar
- Year 3758 based on Zoroastrian calendar
- Year 2579 based on unification of Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great
No-Rooz Mobarak (Happy New Year) Kian from all of us here at the Crescent School.
And thank you to Kian's family for sharing their celebrations with us all.