Norooz, Persian New Year
The beautiful and magical spring is here with its lovely tulips, hyacinths, narcissi, and sweetly fragranced jasmines to remind us again that the nature renovates itself every spring.
The soft spring wind and the Persian Santa Clause (Haji Firouz) on the streets are the envoys of Norooz. Since the ancient times Iranians celebrated their New Year on the very moment the sun completes its full turn around the sun and that is the first day of spring season.
Haji Firouz is the symbol of happiness for people. He is on the streets before and during Norooz with his face and hands painted in black, wearing red clothes and hat. Haji Firouz has a tambourine that plays on it and sings happy traditional songs to bring more joy to Norooz celebration.