Celebrating Nowruz, the festival of spring

At lunch today in the board room we celebrated Nowruz thanks to our colleague Mahnaz.

“Nowruz (“new day”) is the traditional Iranian festival of spring, which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of spring. It is considered the start of the New Year among Iranians. Nowruz is celebrated March 20/21 each year. People from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds have celebrated Nowruz for at least 3,000 years. Today the festival of Nowruz is celebrated in Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and other scattered populations in Central and Southern Asia.”

These photos show the Haft Sin or Haft Seen table, meaning¬†“the seven S’s”. There are seven items on the table beginning with the letter S that symbolize life. For example, Sabzeh (wheat sprouts) symbolizing rebirth; Sib (apple) for beauty and health; Sir (garlic) for medicine. There’s also a poetry book, mirror, decorated eggs, goldfish and other traditional items.

Usually Nowruz is celebrated at the arrival of spring, but we celebrated a few days early today.

Celebrating Nowruz

Celebrating Nowruz

Celebrating Nowruz

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