Persian Festivals and Celebrations to know

  • Famous festivals and celebrations:

The most important one is Nowroz. It is the Celebration of New Year. It starts on the first day of spring (21st of March). All Iranian families gather around and visit each other. The traditional table setting of Nowroz includes seven specific items beginning with “Seen” (a letter in Farsi Alphabet), known as “Haft-Seen”, that signify life, health, wealth, abundance, love, patience and purity. The other one is Mehregan, which is a day of thanksgiving. In this day, everyone shows his or her love to each other.

Sepandarmazgan is a day of love, friendship and earth in ancient Persian culture similar to Valentine’s Day.

The other one is Chaharshanbe Suri. It is a festival of fire and hold on last Tuesday night in the Iranian calendar year. It shows the importance of the light over the darkness, arrival of spring and revival of nature.

YaldaNight is also very popular among Iranians. It is the longest night of the year. On that night, people were advised to stay awake most of the night. Therefore, people have parties and gatherings and eat the last remaining summer fruits.

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