Based on the 2016 Census, there are 58,112 individuals born in Iran residing in Australia, with 5,815 of them calling Western Australia home. Over the past 5-6 years, these numbers have likely grown, highlighting the rich cultural diversity within our community here in WA. As we approach April, our Iranian/Persian friends are preparing to celebrate their Persian New Year.
Nowruz (pronounced as no-rooz), translating to “new day” in English, is an important occasion. Similar to the Chinese Lunar New Year, Nowruz follows the solar calendar, coinciding with the first day of Spring, typically falling on March 21st. Recognizing its significance, the United Nations declared March 21st as International Nowruz Day in 2010. However, celebrations may vary between March 19th to 21st, depending on the equinox.
Dating back approximately 3,000 years, Nowruz is a tradition observed across the Balkans, the Black Sea basin, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It symbolizes a fresh start, offering hope for a prosperous future and a chance to reflect on shared values within our communities.
Preceding Nowruz, households undergo thorough cleaning, symbolizing the removal of past burdens and welcoming new beginnings. A key tradition involves setting up a “haft-seen” or “half-sin” table, adorned with seven items starting with the Persian letter ‘s’ or ‘sin’. Among these, “sabzeh” (wheatgrass) holds significant importance, symbolizing rejuvenation and rebirth.
As a producer of wheatgrass in Perth, Giving Greens is proud to support our Iranian community by providing fresh and nutritious wheatgrass for this special occasion. Wheatgrass is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and enzymes, aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, and promoting overall health. Its symbolism aligns perfectly with the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation embodied by Nowruz.
Nowruz spans 13 days, commencing on March 20th and concluding on April 1st. Preceding the festivities, a fire festival on March 15th symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness for our Iranian friends.
In the spirit of promoting health and happiness, Giving Greens invites both Iranian and non-Iranian friends and family to join in this celebration. Let’s come together in harmony and unity to make this event a joyous occasion and welcome a prosperous new year.