March 20, 2019
Iranian Graduate Student Association to host Nowruz 1398 and Haft-Sin Display
Welcome the Iranian New Year, Nowruz 1398, by joining the Iranian Graduate Student Association at the Haft-Sin Table from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the K-State Student Union courtyard. You will learn about the Iranian tradition of Nowruz.
Nowruz is the name of Iranian New Year, which means the "new day." It is the most beloved holiday in Iran, originating in ancient Persia more than 3,000 years ago. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere which occurs around March 21. The Persian traditional calendar is a solar one, based on the earth's rotation around the sun, which begins on the first day of spring, on March 20 or 21. Although the main Nowruz celebration occurs on the first day of spring, the festivities last for about two weeks.
The most prominent symbol of Nowruz is Haft-Sin (seven "S") Table. It includes seven items whose names begin with the letter S (pronounced "sin") in Persian.