Friday, August 5 2022

Not all Iranians are Muslims (I’m not), and not everyone who celebrates Nowruz identifies as Iranian or Persian (it’s celebrated in many countries on Silk Road affected, and beyond). However, the impact of the ban is felt regardless of personal faith, and it is particularly difficult for those of Iranian descent, as we had already gone through often insurmountable experiences. barriers to travel between Iran and the United States due to the lack of diplomatic relations between the two countries, and recent political movements left despair in their wake.

Nevertheless, anti-Iranian sentiment in the United States did not start with Trump or 9/11. the Iran hostage crisis – which began in November 1979, shortly after the Islamic revolution led to the overthrow of the Shah – was a 444-day political struggle that left a permanent stain on Iranian-American relations. The diplomatic crisis, largely orchestrated and protracted by powerful, long-dead men, is still being paid for by the average people of both countries through our experiences with discrimination, economic difficultiesand separation from loved ones.

All this turmoil has left Iranian immigrants and Iranian-American families in a constant state of fluidity. For those whose families can afford to travel, the political situation may not be secure enough. For those with average or lower incomes, the travel costs and subsequent economic volatility caused by punishments against Iran make leaving untenable. On either side, there is no certainty about whether you are leaving or returning home – or whether you will be allowed to return. Much of the immigrant, refugee, and first-generation experience is about blending parts of cultures to create new traditions of what remains. or found. But when people are literally banned from travel or stranded by states that can’t agree enough to grant tourist visas, it means their loved ones are separatesometimes indefinitely. These heartbreaks naturally hit hardest during the holidays. The recent massacre in mosques across New Zealand adds to the heaviness and grief that many Iranian-Americans will feel this year, as if a target is constantly on our backs.

So for the Iranians in your life, whether they’re affected by the ban or not, it’s worth learning about Nowruz and maybe finding some ideas for hosting your own celebration:

light up

Before Nowruz, we celebrate a night known as Chahar Shanbeh Soori, or Red Wednesday. The celebrations begin the day before the Wednesday before the New Year and, in addition to gathering outside for something akin to a sleight of hand while clinking spoons together, it is customary to jump through- above small controlled fires or to light fireworks. The belief is that the fire absorbs the bad energies of the previous year (characterised by yellow) and gives the jumper their new healthy red glow.

Set the table

A already seen the table is the main decoration of the party. Broadcast content are largely symbolic and tailored to the family’s favorite aesthetic and interests, but the basics start with seven S (haft-seen): sabzeh (grass or shoots, usually lentils or other shoots); samanou (a sweet pudding); seeb (apple); seer (garlic); senjed (dried fruits like oleaster berries); serkeh (vinegar); and sumac (a spice.) Along with this, people often add candles, colored eggs, gold coins, holy books or Persian poetry (especially the Divān of Hafez), hyacinth flowers and tulips, mirrors, mixed nuts and sometimes even bowls of goldfish (not the cracker).

KonMari, but make it Persian

Spring cleaning is more than a chore or a trend, it’s an inseparable part of Nowruz traditions. Much of this holiday is about renewing and getting rid of the previous year, so clean up, get organized, and stir up New Year’s cheer.

pay us

Traditionally, children receive small monetary gifts (called aidi, pronounced ay-dee) of fresh bills from parents and close family. New clothes and shoes for children are also in use. Penalties don’t apply if you Venmo me a aidi


After the New Year, celebrations often continue for 12 days, culminating in Sizdah Bedar, which is basically a big picnic. Meaning “to pass the 13th day”, Sizdah Bedar’s goal is to escape the bad luck associated with the number 13 – based on the 12 month cycle of the zodiac, after which chaos is believed to have come. The 13th day after vacation is spent outdoors in the company of family, friends and food.


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