Happy Nowruz - Saturday March 20

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of our school community a Happy Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on Saturday, March 20th.  Below is some information about Nowruz.

 

Nowruz celebrates the Persian New Year, and the beginning of Spring. Nowruz means 'New Day'.

In some countries it may have a different spelling and be observed on slightly different dates. 

 

History of Nowruz

This is one of humanity's oldest holidays, and although it may be often called Persian New Year, it predates the Persian Empire and can be traced back 5,000 years to the Sumerian and the Babylonian civilisations. Nowruz begins on the Spring Equinox, when the days and nights are equal lengths, with days then becoming longer signifying the arrival of warmer weather.

The build-up to Nowruz begins a month before the festival. Each of the four Tuesdays falling before Novruz is dedicated to a different element. First is Water Tuesday, where water renews nature. Next is Fire Tuesday which honours fire as a rebirth method. Then it is Earth Tuesday marking the revival of the earth. Finally, it is Wind Tuesday when the wind opens the buds and marks the arrival of Spring.

Fire worship forms an integral part of the celebrations with fires being lit on the four Tuesdays in the run-up to Nowruz. On the last Tuesday, everyone has to jump over the fire as an act of purification.

Like a lot of spring festivals, this idea of purification and starting again is key. Indeed, before Nowruz, activities based on renewal like spring cleaning, planting trees, make new clothes and painting eggs are popular.