March is a special time of year for all Iranians. It marks the last month of the lunar calendar and the time of the Persian New Year. During this time a deep cleanse of the material and spiritual aspects are undertaken as one cycle ends and a new one begins.
The Persian New Year – Norouz- occurs on the spring equinox, which is precisely 9.28pm Sydney time on 20th March 2017.
Norouz literally translates to meaning “New Day” and represents the Iranian new year celebration. The holiday, which dates back 3,000 years, is rooted in Zoroastrianism – an ancient Iranian religion that influenced later religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Norooz is considered one of the largest celebrations of the year with Iranians of all religions taking part in the festivities.
At the exact moment of the New Year, known as Tahvil’o Sol, families sit around a setting
called “Haft Seen.” Also known as the seven S’s. The traditional table setting includes seven items that all begin with the letter “seen” in the Persian alphabet. These seven things usually are: Seeb (apple), Sabzeh (green grass), Serkeh (vinegar), Samanoo (a meal made out of wheat), Senjed (a special kind of berry), Sekke (coin), and Seer (garlic). Each item has symbolic meaning related to prosperity, fertility and fecundity.
To Celebrate Norouz this year Nazanin Marashian, curator of IWVAC-Australia has facilitated an exhibition of contemporary Iranian artists whose work are all connected through the use of text and calligraphy. IWVAC-Australia are also a major sponsor of the show titled ‘Norooz Mystery World’. The exhibition opens on 15th March at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery. There will be a Norouz Celebration on Sunday 19th March with a calligraphy demonstration and live music. See Poster below for details.