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The Persian New Year


Nowruz has been celebrated for over 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions and culture of Iran and other countries in the region. The festivities usually last for about two weeks and include various customs such as setting up a "Haft-Seen" table, visiting family and friends, and participating in public events. The Haft-Seen table is a traditional spread that includes seven items starting with the Persian letter "S" (س) or "Seen" (سین), each symbolizing a different aspect of life and the holiday. These items often include sprouts, apples, garlic, vinegar, sumac, senjed (dried fruit), and samanu (wheat germ pudding). During Nowruz, people engage in thorough spring cleaning, buy new clothes, and prepare special dishes. It is also customary to visit elders and pay respect to the deceased at cemeteries. Nowruz is a time for families to come together, reconcile past differences, and start the year with a sense of hope and positivity. The holiday is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, recognizing its significance and contribution to cultural diversity.

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