We love Persian New Year (Norooz)! It is such an excellent holiday and one of the oldest new year celebrations to date. We’ve spoken about Persian New Year before but this time we want to focus on the dance and the ceremonies. Persian dancing is a beautiful art that is vast and varied. There are many different styles of Persian dance and they are done not only in Iran but throughout Afghanistan and neighbouring nations.
Chaharshanbeh soori takes place just a few days prior to the new year…usually the Wednesday before it. Families, friends and large communities gather around bonfires and leap over them singing a song with lyrics that encourage the passing away of the poor health and a welcoming of the new health provided by the awakening flames…the redness and the life. There’s also the old tradition of having Haji Firooz in character but many have come to think of it as a very questionable and in some cases slightly prejudice symbol. One can make that decison themselves. Use the link above to better understand the tradition of Haji Firooz.
One of the exciting things about the new years in both cultures is the symbolic new clothing and new money. Children are usually given a gift of new clothes and new money to symbolise this tradition. Also families will prepare a Haft-seen, create large menu for the Norooz meal and invite over friends to enjoy this night of poetry and verse.
Sedeh Bedar is the last day of Norooz and is usually celebrated outside in the park with friends. In some cases smaller bonfires are lept over and the celebration goes in full force with dancing, food, small festival style shops and more.
MissBellydance.com and PeraDance have team members that celebrate this holiday. And in honour of it we’re posting events that take place all over the globe during the month of March on the facebook page. Follow us there for Norooz happenings! And tell us about your Norooz experience. If you’ve had a great time at Norooz events in the past let us know! We’re having a Norooz story drawing! Send us your Norooz details in a video link or 1 paragraph response. We’ll have a drawing at the end of the celebration and give away some cool MissBellyDance.com prizes. We look forward to hearing from you!
*all video and links were from public forums. If you’d like to know more about our team’s personal Chaharshanbeh soori events send us a reply! merci mamanoonam!