As we enter into the month of March, we get ready for the wonderful celebration of the Persian New Year called "Norooz." This is an opportunity celebrated around the world that many look forward to to start fresh with the rebirth of Spring.
Norooz, which translates to “New Day” in Farsi, has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. This begins the very moment that the sun crosses the equator on the vernal equinox also marking the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which will occur this year on Thursday, March 19th, 2020.
To celebrate, Iranians and diverse communities across the globe spend the month of March preparing their homes, Spring cleaning, tidying and organizing, freshening up their wardrobe, and creating a celebratory table spread called a "Haft-Seen." This traditional spread is a displayed arrangement of 7+ symbolic items that each household puts together (just as Christians put up a Christmas Tree or a menorah is displayed to celebrate Hanukkah).
Norooz is celebrated for 13 days, giving Iranians an opportunity to visit family, friends and attend festivities during the holiday. During the week prior to Norooz and on the evening of Day 1, Persians cook several tasty traditional meals and treats to serve their families and guests.
This delicious Persian herbed omelet is comparable to an Italian frittata. With many variations, this versatile dish is perfect for any occasion.
Sabzi Polo ba Mahi
Sabiz Polo is a beautiful green version of the traditional Persian meal polo, or pilaf, rice dishes. The herbs add scrumptious flavor, and with the mahi, it all makes for a delicious, traditional Nowruz Persian New Year meal.
This yummy meal, usually served the night before the Spring festival of Norooz, is composed of rice and noodles layered with lamb or beef. Steamed in the traditional polo manner, the result is an irresistible, fluffy, layered masterpiece.