Most of the world’s populations have important holidays that correspond to the winter solstice. From the most ancient times, people attached great importance to the winter solstice, which brings the longest and the darkest night of the year. Modern religions have incorporated this special day, but gave it a whole new meaning. Christmas is very close to the winter solstice, for instance. The Iranians have Shab-e Yalda or Yalda night.
For Iranian and millions of people across the silk road, Nowruz is no small celebration. Persian new year comes with fire festivities, delicious meats, rice and spices, family gatherings, street dances and loud banging on pots.
But still yet to come. Nowruz “promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families,” the United Nations says. It’s a time of reconciliation and neighborliness, “contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.”
Here we listed 10 amazing facts about the Iranian new year – Nowruz
In Iran, there are several yearly cultural and religious events that provide insight into the people’s daily life. And taking part in any of them will undoubtedly offer you a new perspective on the nation. Iran festivals are another hidden cultural element of this country, that makes Iran, worth traveling to.
As Iran is culturally diverse, it will be expected a variety of national festivals and ceremonies. The celebration of Iranian New Year, Nowruz, is the most important festival in Iran. It starts on March 20 and takes place over 12 days.
These nine Iran festivals are worth visiting if you want to soak up some culture.
- Nowruz (Persian new year)
- Yalda Night (the longest night of the year)
- Chahar Shanbeh Soori (Festival of Fire)
- Kashan Rosewater Festival
- Mehregan Festival
- Sizdah Bedar (Nature day)
- Saffron Harvest
- Tasua & Ashura