Sofia Petkar is an Ismaili journalist in UK. Read this informative article from her, on Navroz.
What is Nowruz?
Nowruz, or Navroz, is the Persian New Year and the traditional festival marking the beginning of spring.
The day is believed to promote peace, solidarity, reconciliation and neighbourliness, and is designed to be filled with good food, new clothes and quality time with loved ones.
The festival is observed in Middle Eastern, and Central and South Asian communities.
The traditions associated with it date back around 3,500 years ago.
Navroz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009 and is celebrated on March 21, the day of the equinox.
How do people prepare for Nowruz?
In the weeks leading up to the New Year, homes are thoroughly cleaned (much like a spring clean, in essence) and all broken items are repaired or replaced.
New clothes are worn and indulgent meals are prepared to be shared with loved ones and friends alike.
The day is spent by visiting friends and relatives, exchanging festive greetings, gifts and good wishes.
More at the source: The Sun UK / Sofia Petkar / 16th March 2018