Although I am not Persian, parts of the family grew up in Tehran so we celebrate the new year, why not?? Fantastic food, great music and people too!
So I celebrate Chinese, English, Armenian and Persian new years every year! Yay!
Here's some snapshots from my day.
Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change there are many activities and symbols which make up the celebration of the new year (which is 13 days long) on new years day - 21 march, a table is laid out with 7 items all beginning with the letter S and everyone brings their best homemade dish to share.
Sabzeh: wheat sprouts- represent new growth and prosperity
Samanoo: a paste derived -sprouting spring.
Seeb: apple- health and beauty,
Senjed: dry fruit of Lotus tree - love,
Seer: garlic - medicine,
Sumac: crushed sumac berries -sunrise,
Serkeh: vinegar- age and patience
Other items are also added to the table
Coins: -prosperity and wealth
Painted Eggs: - fertility
Fish: -life and end of a year
Hyacinth flower: - beauty
Mirror: - reflections of Creation
Candles:- enlightenment and happiness
That's all friends