The month of March is all about Spring. Different cultures celebrate this approach of Spring in their own unique ways. Nowruz that falls today, is Persian or Iranian New Year which celebrates the beginning of a new season.
Like many other Spring traditional holidays, Nowruz or Newroz or other variations of the holiday serves as recognition for rebirth and renewal for the people of the region that comprises of different communities and diverse faiths. Canada is home to over 200,000 people of Iranian origin, who started migrating to Canada in 1980s.
One of the biggest Nowruz traditions is Spring cleaning and other traditions vary from family to family. Some of those customs include partaking in the custom of Chaharshanbeh Soori, the symbolic burning of all that was negative from the previous year. It is custom to jump over bonfires in the streets while shouting “Give me your red color, take my yellow color”. This symbolizes how the fire will take away the yellow of sickness and give back the red of health and warmth.
Canada is home to people from all over the world who bring their heritage and ways of life here.
The Immigrant Life wishes you Nowruz Pirouz or Nowruz Mubarak!
May the new year bring light and happiness to you and your families!