Nowruz is the official celebration of the Persian New Year, based on the most precise calendar in the world, the solar calendar on March 21. Each season has a special effect and role on the social life of people. For Iranians, the beginning of spring is celebrated as the New Year, which comes with the death of winter, affiliating human beings to the rebirth of nature. It’s the most important celebration of the Persian culture. This tradition goes back to the Zoroastrians, for whom Nowruz is far more than a feast, and is in fact bestowed to the god "Ahura Mazda" and the day of marking the creation of the universe.
Wherever you are during your journey over Iran, you are going to participate in this national event, which is held during two weeks following the New Year’s Eve. You cannot miss this unique experience, and according to your own itinerary, we will let you know in which local or traditional house you can celebrate this magnificent event with local Iranian participants together.
Iranians believe that the destiny of each person for the New Year to come is determined during the New Year’s Eve. That is why it’s so important to gather with the loved ones, to share joyful moments altogether, and read into Hafez’s poetry the signs of the delightful year which is about to start.
Gathering with the local people of a region for the first night of the Persian New Year at a traditional house or a local eco lodge
Learning about the stories, rituals, activities, foods and other specificities of Nowruz events in an authentic setting
Having the opportunity to witness and participate in the real atmosphere of the most important and beloved tradition in Iran
Observing the variety of customs related to Nowruz in different parts of the country
Sharing special local foods only cooked for this event, beverages, delights and delicacies with locals
According to the mythology, Nowruz belongs to the first Iranian dynasty, called the Pishdadian Dynasty, and its 4th king, the most favorite figure in Persian ancient times, Jamshid, considered as the greatest monarch the world had ever known. In the Persian tradition, king Jamshid had a large throne which only angels, and demons, were able to move. One day, he sat upon his jewel-studded throne and rose in the sky, astonishing all its subjects. On this day, which was the first day of spring, for the first time celebrated Nowruz, which literally means “New Day”.
Far from myth and history, Nowruz is a public ceremony in Iranian and Mesopotamian culture since 5000 years before in the region. In Persepolis, the Achaemenid capital and a religious center, there were held lavish rituals and celebrations. It is believed that every Persian king went to Persepolis, once a year, to celebrate Nowruz and the first days of the New Year.
Nowadays, this celebration takes place over Iran, and is deeply rooted in Iranian culture. Each region, city, and even small village has its own remarkable rituals for Nowruz.There are also common rituals, such as the “Haft Sin” table, the equivalent of Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene for Christians, which can be seen all over the country. Participating in this experience, you can appreciate this event in a traditional house, with local people, in the cities of: