Persian Festivals/Holidays

Nowruz: The traditional Iranian(Persian) new year holiday celebrated by Iranian, Turkic and many other peoples in West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans. It lasts for 13 days and the last day is March 21st. During these two weeks, there are plenty of family activities and festivals. One of the important foods to cook at this time is baklava, which includes smoked fish, rice, herbs, parsley, coriander, chives, dill and fenugreek is served the day before Noruz. The last important meal is Resteh Polo, a dish with rice and noodles, is served on Nowruz which is said to symbolically help one succeed in life.

Sepandarmazgan: February 18th of every year, Iran (Persia) celebrates the Day of Love, Friendship and Earth. On this day, everyone eats sun raisins and sunflower seeds.

ChaharshanbehSoori (Persian Festival of Fire): Held on March 13th, a large parade is held on the last Tuesday of their calendar year, the celebration is held to celebrate the triumph of light over the dark. Fires are seen with people jumping over it, and many different foods are eaten. The females wear chadors so they cannot be recognized and everyone runs around and dances in the streets.



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