Tuesday, March 15, 2016 3:00 pm ·  0 Comments
The Nowruz Bazaar, a party and a gathering of people, is celebrating the Iranian/Persian New Year Festival. It took place in Oakville for the first time on March 13th and 14th.
Always heralding the Spring season and, this year, beginning on March 20th at midnight, the families gather together in front of the “Haftsin”, the celebratory table, to pray for the New Year and to ask for whatever blessings they desire in the year that follows.
Baba Nowruz, a version of the European Santa Claus, gave the crowd a heart-warming performance at the Bazaar. He is a fictional character in Iranian folklore who appears in the streets at the beginning of Nowruz, in traditional costume and, of course, surrounded by traditional Iranian music! He brings the Iranians blessings and announces Spring with all its promise and hope.
A wonderful custom that was seen at the Nowruz Bazaar was the Haft-Seen also spelled as Haft Sīn (Persian: هفتسین, the seven seen’s). Elmira Akhoundpour, explains that “The display is a tabletop (sofreh) arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz, the Iranian new year. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (س) in the Persian alphabet”.
The Haft Seen items are:
Like all ancient civilizations, culture constitutes the focal point and heart of Iranian civilization. The art, music, architecture, poetry, philosophy, traditions, and ideology of Iran have made it a continuously important nation in the global community. In fact, many Iranians believe their culture to be the one and only reason why their civilization has continuously survived thousands of years of plethoric calamities. (author unknown)
This year’s Iranian Nowruz Bazaar is the beginning of a new tradition. According to , the Nowruz Bazaar organizer, she says that “the Nowruz Bazaar will be repeated for years to come.” It was certainly a huge success. Elmira says, “For me, Spring is waking up – The watering can symbolizes to desire to water the flowers and trees and to tell them too, that it is time to wake up – a Nowruz Celebration!
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