Today is the first day of spring. Which also means it's Persian New Year! *confetti*
Here are some quick, fun facts about Norooz.
1. Norooz literally means new day. It falls on the spring equinox every year which means that its exact date and time changes by a little every year. For example, this year, it was this morning at 1:14 AM EDT.
2. One of the traditional things to do at Norooz is set the table with certain symbolic things. These are known as the "Seven Ss"(Haft-seen). They symbolize things like life, love, patience and good fortune.
4. The last Wednesday before the new year is something called Chaharshanbeh Suri. This involves--not dressing up a celebrity toddler in designer clothes--but leaping over a giant bonfire and is about as scary as it sounds. (For me...most people love it).
Eidetan Mobarak! (That means Happy New Year. You can say it to anyone you come across today with dark hair and sculpted eyebrows.)