Recognizing Nowruz, the Persian New Year

The DEI Committee is pleased to share information on heritage and history months celebrated by the TDSB. We have also encouraged Allenby families to share with us days of significance to them for us to share with our broader community.

This month we heard from our community about the approaching Persian New Year, Nowruz, which is celebrated by multiple ethnolinguistic communities every March.  Nowruz, or “new day” in Persian, marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature and promotes the values of peace and solidarity.  This year the spring equinox will take place on Monday March 20 2023 at precisely 5:24pm.  For more information on Nowruz, please visit CBC Kids.

Below is a photo of a “Haft-Sin.” Haft-Sin, or Haft-Seen, is the tradition of putting 7 symbolic objects together whose names commence with the letter “S.” Other symbolic items accompany these 7 objects and together, they create a Haft-sin. In the past, people used to put all of these items on a mantel or a designed fabric similar to a tablecloth, which they call “Sofreh.” (Haft-Sin is often also referred to as “Sofreh Haft-Sin”). The items vary slightly in different parts of the world, but there are certain elements that define a Haft-Sin. These elements are Sabzeh (wheatgrass grown in a dish), Samanu (sweet pudding made from wheat germ), Senjed (sweet dry fruit of the lotus tree), Serkeh (Persian vinegar), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic) and Somaq (sumac).

You can find books on Nowruz to share with your children at your local public library.