Ala Nowruz Amad…ala Nowruz Amad (New Day has arrived…New Day has arrived)

by Wadsam | March 20, 2018 5:56 am

Nowruz means New Day and it marks the start of the New Year. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.

Nowruz is the celebration of spring—a new season which indicates the “rebirth of nature”. Preparations for Nowroz start several day beforehand. Spring cleaning or Khanah Takani (literally means ‘shaking the house’) or ‘complete cleaning of the house’ is commonly performed before Nowroz. In association with the “rebirth of nature”, extensive spring-cleaning is a national tradition observed by almost every household in Iran. This is also extended to personal attire, and it is customary to buy at least one set of new clothes.

On the Eve of Nawroz, families dine together. Sabzi (Spinach) is the traditional food cooked on this day, as it signifies the greenery of spring, symbolizing rebirth). On the New Year’s Day, families dress in their new clothes and visit one another in the form of short house visits, which are usually reciprocated.

Nowruz  is officially recognized as a “National festival” and high-ranking officials participate in its celebration. Among various traditions and customs, the most important ones are as following:

jahenda bala[1]
haft mewa[3]
cercis flower[6]

Just as new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around, May this new year add a new beauty and and freshness into every Afghan life.

Happy and a blessed Nowruz to all my dear Afghans!

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