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Happy Persian New year to you all

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On Tuesday 20 March at 06:14 am (CET) we will enter the new Persian Year.

Well, Persians for thousands of years have celebrated the Spring Equinox .

The Persian calendar starts on the first day of Spring and each of its 12 months corresponds to a Zodiac symbol but with Persian names and meanings.

The Persian new year is called NOROUZ meaning "New Day" . And, its festivities lasts 13 days where on the 13th day ( Seezdah Bedar ) man must leave his house and go into the fields to picknik otherwise bad luck may strike him for the rest of the year.


-Avestan name of the Yazata the meaning of the monthNative ScriptRomanizedZodiac
1 Fravašinąm (Guardian spirits, souls of the righteous) فروردین FarvardīnAries (The Ram)
2 Ašahe Vahištahe "Best Truth" / "Best Righteousness" اردیبهشت Ordībehešt Taurus (The Bull)
3 Haurvatātō "Wholeness" / "Perfection"خرداد Xordād Gemini (The Twins)
4 Tištryehe "Sirius" تیر Tīr Cancer (The Crab)
5 Amərətātō "Immortality" مرداد Mordād Leo (The Lion)
6 Xšaθrahe Vairyehe "Desirable Dominion"شهریور Šahrīvar Virgo (The Virgin)
7 Miθrahe "Covenant" مهر Mehr Libra (The Scales)
8 Apąm "Waters" آبان Ābān Scorpio (The Scorpion)
9 Āθrō "Fire" آذر Āzar Sagittarius (The Archer)
10 Daθušō "The Creator" (i.e. Ahura Mazda) دی Dey Capricorn (The Sea-goat)
11 Vaŋhə̄uš Manaŋhō "Good Mind" بهمن Bahman Aquarius (The Water Carrier)
12 Spəntayā̊ Ārmatōiš "Holy Devotion" اسفند Esfand Pisces (The Fishes)


Chahar shanbeh suri painting on a palace wall in Isfehan


The above, circa 500 years old, wall painting depicts "Chahar shanbeh suri" which is a festive occasion on the eve of the last Wednesday of Persian year.

For more on the traditions of NOrouz see here.

references: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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