Norouz is the first thirteen days of New Year in Iran .The beginning of New Year is also the beginning of spring for Iranians. Everywhere is full of beautiful and colorful flowers especially in Shiraz which is named “the city of love and romance”.
In Norouz holidays most of people travel to other cities and enjoy their holidays. My husband and I also went to the northern cities of Iran , beside famous Caspian sea.
It was a great joy because both of us love the scenery . Although the weather was not so good ,the atmosphere was wonderful.
Of course before traveling there we had visited all of our relatives. In Iran it is an old costume to visit all the relatives in Norouz days.
Among al Iranian festivities the most important feasts were considered Norouz and Mehregan.
During the time when the avestan calendar was used the year began at the cold season .The Christian year also starting in the cold season follows the same concept as the avestan calendar.
Some scholars believe that the month of Mehr was the beginning month of the calendar year during achaemenian era. The Mehregan feast celebrated the beginning of a new year. Later Mehrgan was especially important for the people of southern who considered it still to be their Norou.
For the celebration of Norouz the participants wear new clothes and set a decorative colorful table.
I know that foreigners will enjoy seeing these costumes closely. I advise you not to miss visiting Iran in the first thirteen days of Farvardin , which is Norouz.