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Celebrating Nowruz

Posted on 21 March 2017

A few days earlier, the Iranian ladies from the CALD Social Support Program celebrated Persian New Year or Nowruz (pronounced "no-rooz") on Friday the 17th of March at the Epping Leisure & Learning Centre. This year, Persian New Year (1396) was celebrated worldwide on Monday the 20th of March.

The group was gifted delicious Persian treats by HHRCS and enjoyed homemade Persian food for lunch, including "baghaly poolo", a traditional meal made with lamb, broad beans, rice, mixed herbs and saffron. The ladies also set up a "Haft Seen" table, which consists of 7 items that represent what a person hopes to bring into the new year: lentil sprouts for rebirth (sabzeh), sweet pudding for abundance and fertility (samanu), vinegar for wisdom and patience (serkeh), garlic for health (seer), dried fruit for love (senjed), an apple for beauty (seeb), and sumac berries to allude to the colors of dawn (somaq).

The celebration was also an opportunity for the ladies to open up and share happy memories from previous Nowruz celebrations. Overall, everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
Thank you to Valnin, our CALD social support worker who organised this special event for our lovely Iranian ladies group.

What is Nowruz?

Nowruz meaning "New Day" in Persian marks the return of spring and the start of a new year. It occurs at the exact moment of the vernal (spring) equinox and the celebration itself lasts 13 days. Before Nowruz kicks-off people start getting ready by cleaning their houses and purchasing new clothes. In the final days leading up to Nowruz, people prepare the "Haft Seen" table as described above. After the first day of Nowruz, people spend the next two weeks visiting family members, starting with the eldest. The final ritual of Nowruz takes place on the 13th day of the New Year, when people spend the day picnicking outside with their family.

Iranian Sweets

"Haft Seen" Table


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