What Navroz is and how it's celebrated will make you wish you were Persian or Iranian

What Navroz is and how it's celebrated will make you wish you were Persian or Iranian

The Persian and Iranian New Year is celebrated today by millions worldwide

Navroz, or Nowruz, is the Persian and Iranian New Year that marks the first day of spring. Even though this day has Iranian and Zoroastrian origins, it is actually celebrated by many different faiths and ethnicities on March 21 across the globe.

This is a day that's full of friends, food, family, food, festivities, and food. It is celebrated mostly in Western and Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East, and there are aspects that are a little similar to how Chinese New Year is celebrated. For example, Navroz is also when homes are cleaned, and all broken items are repaired or replaced to prepare for a brand new start. People wear new clothes, so much food that's specific to this time of year is prepared for the day, and much of the day is spent by visiting loved ones, and wishing each other a prosperous year ahead.

Hong Kong has a small Zoroastrian community that will be ringing in the New Year together, and this is how the day usually unfolds:


You wake up to a barrage of text messages wishing you a “Navroz Mubarak” ("Happy New Year")

And then you have to reply to each individual one


But soon, anxiety sets in when you realise there's way too many to deal with


You start to get really excited when it’s time to get ready, because, let’s face it, you have been waiting to whip out your sari all month


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But wearing one is a challenge you weren’t mentally prepared for


Walking in a sari is also harder than you remembered


At the venue, you are greeted by many (emphasis on many) family friends and relatives, most of whom you are trying really hard to remember how to address


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But one or two slip-ups are bound to happen


You realise you need to go to the bathroom in a sari and call for backup


After which, you take an obligatory selfie because, "pics, or it didn’t happen"


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It’s nearly time for dinner, and this is the moment you’ve been waiting for all day


And when it finally comes out, you cannot contain your excitement


You realise you took way too much


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But you’re determined to finish it anyway


You’re super stuffed … but then dessert comes out


Dessert is then cut short because someone is giving a speech


They gave you what?! Unbelievably bad presents that belong in the bin


But, despite this, you remember how grateful you are to celebrate Navroz with your family and friends


And can’t wait to do it again next year. Navroz Mubarak, everybody!

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