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Norooz Pirooz

Paresa Kouhestani

Norooz Pirooz Azizam or Happy Persian New Year darlings! 

I spent this last weekend celebrating the Persian New Year with my family. I know I definitely don't look Persian, but my father was born and raised in Iran. He came to the US to go to college and ended up staying here and met my mom. Believe it or not my blonde hair comes from my father's side of the family and most of my cousins have blonde or light colored hair--crazy right?!

pictured above is the traditional haft seen--seven items starting with the letter "s" are placed to symbolize rebirth, affluence, love, health, patience, beauty and a colorful sunrise

pictured above is the traditional haft seen--seven items starting with the letter "s" are placed to symbolize rebirth, affluence, love, health, patience, beauty and a colorful sunrise

The celebrations of Persian New Year take place over a three week period of time

1. Chaharshanbe Sure (Festival of Fire)

On the eve of the last Wednesday before the new year (Tuesday evening) family and friends get together to jump over small fires and wish for a happy and healthy new year.

2. Norooz (New Day)

Norooz marks the first day of spring and is the first day of the Persian New Year! This is a large celebration where family and friends gather to eat delicious food, listen and dance to great Persian music and enjoy being together.

3. Sizdah Be Dar (Thirteenth In Outdoors)

Thirteen days after the new year, everyone gets together at a park or outdoor venue for games, sports, food, music and dancing. Large cities such as DC, New York and LA have HUGE gatherings with concerts and performers. It's also traditional to bring the sabzi (green grass pictured above and below) to the picnic and tie a knot with the strands, make a wish and throw it down the river to represent what you wish most for the new year. 

Hopefully some of you saw the celebrations on the Persian New Year Snapchat story or heard President Obama's or Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's message to the Iranian people

If you have Persian friends you MUST celebrate with them! It's always so exciting to learn about different cultures! Persians are so inviting and welcoming that you will think you have known them for your entire life. If you don't have Persian friends, make some--you won't regret it!

Below is the outfit I wore to the Norooz party I went to! This romper/dress was perfect for dancing and continuously moving around! I paired it with chevron patterned tights and my fav Topshop flats! Enjoy!

romper: 1.STATE 

tights: Hue Chevron pattern

shoes: Topshop

I hope you enjoyed this (brief) look into the Persian New Year and wish everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy Spring! Salamati and Norooz Pirooz!

Paresa xx