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21 March 2019

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Persian New Year Celebrations

Every year, millions celebrate Persian New Year (Nowruz), celebrations full of fire festivities, delicious meals, family gatherings, street performances and deep cleanses. This year at CIC, with help from our Holroyd Howe caterers and students themselves, we had the traditional Haft-seen table and a special dinner at the boarding residence later on.                                                                                                                                                         

Celebrating a season of new life and wishing for good luck in the year ahead is also an important part of this holiday of new beginnings. It is no coincidence it falls on the first day of spring; it marks the first day of the Iranian calendar. 21st March was officially recognized in 2010 as International Nowruz Day by the United Nations at the request of countries including Afghanistan, Albania, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

Since seven is considered a lucky number, the Haft-seen table, or a table of seven S, consists of seven symbolic items starting with “S”, including:

- Sabzeh: Some kind of sprout or grass that will continue to grow in the weeks leading up to the holiday, for rebirth and renewal.

- Senjed: Dried fruit, ideally a sweet fruit from a lotus tree, for love.

- Sib: Apples, for beauty and health.

- Seer: Garlic, for medicine and taking care of oneself.

- Samanu: A sweet pudding, for wealth and fertility.

- Serkeh: Vinegar, for the patience and wisdom that comes with aging.

- Sumac: A Persian spice made from crushed sour red berries, for the sunrise of a new day

Some families even add a little more flair like a book of poetry, a mirror and candles (reflecting into the future), a goldfish swimming in a bowl (representing life), painted eggs (representing fertility), and all kinds of sweets and fruits.

Nowruz Mubarak! Happy Nowruz!

                                  Nowruz Dinner at PBH        Boarding House Nowruz Dinner  

                                  CIC Students Having Nowruz Dinner        CIC Executive Principal with students at Haft-seen table

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