Celebrating Nowruz

Contributed by Mahboubeh, staff member, Halifax Central Library

Nowruz is a very important time for many different nations, and folks right here in Halifax.

When you visit Halifax Central Library (and many of our other branches!) at this time of year, you’ll see our Haft-Seen table in the main Lobby, celebrating this special occasion.

Wishing you a Happy Nowruz, and if you’d like to learn more, here are some resources to look into!

About Nowruz

Sourced directly from UN.org and UNESCO.org

Nowruz, means “new day,” and is also known as the Persian New Year, It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

Nowruz an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.

Nowruz plays a significant role in strengthening the ties among peoples based on mutual respect and the ideals of peace and good neighbourliness. Its traditions and rituals reflect the cultural and ancient customs of the civilizations of the East and West, which influenced those civilizations through the interchange of human values.

Celebrating Nowruz means the affirmation of life in harmony with nature, awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal and a solicitous and respectful attitude towards natural sources of life.

In our Collection

Here are a few books relating to Nowruz, Persian New Year, and culture. Check them out!

Seven Special Somethings

The Enchantingly Easy Persian Cookbook

The New Persian Kitchen

The Night Diary

The Monster in the Bathhouse

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Funny in Farsi

Saffron Ice Cream