Nowruz is the Iranian or Persian New Year celebrated by a small, but mighty community here in Manitoba. Nowruz, pronounced “now-rooz” is a celebration that marks the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one and is celebrated on the Spring Equinox which usually takes place on or around March 21. The celebrations last for 13 days, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on the past and set intentions for the future.

Preparation for the new year includes an arrangement of the 7-sīn—a spread of seven items representing renewal and springtime. Its centrepiece is a sprouting plant, which symbolizes rebirth. Communal festivities include bonfires, feasts, and celebrations of culture such as musical performances, poetry readings, and traditional sports.

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We sat down with Toktam Sani to learn more about Nowruz. Further your understanding by watching her interview. Nowruz Mubarak!

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