Thursday, November 21, 2013

Norooz


Is the begging of persian new year and is the celebration of it, Norooz is on 20th of march whit the meaning of New day has an old history and carries a lot of culture with it self and is one of the oldest events on the earth which is celebrated by persians since 2500 year ago. One of the philosophies  behind the day which is chosen for the beginning persian new year is that 20th of march is same as beginning of spring and spring is when all the plants start regrowing and is the rebirth of the nature.

Spring is called Bahar in Persian and is known as rebirth of the nature and the chance of correcting the wrongs that we have had before. During this season both north and south of Iran is Host of people traveling from all over the country specially in the two state of Mazandaran in north and Kish Island in south. These area both are both by the sea and they have a vary different nature, one is connected to persian gulf and the other one is connected to Caspian sea. Kish has every piece of the culture of the south, from food music and traditions with presence of happiness and joy it is known as one of the happiest cities in Iran. Mazandaran which is by the Caspian sea carries the deep culture and history of  more than 8000 years due to a statue found in that are, Mazandaran is the biggest producer of rice in Iran and they are known for their special way of cooking rice and fish which is their main dish.


Part of Norooz tradition and its meaning is to empty the house and clean every spot of it to be ready to face a new year with a lot of events. The event of cleaning the house for new year is called Khoone Tekooni Which is to show that a family is ready to start new and be fresh for the new year. In traditions its said that its important the family members all help with Khoone Tekooni so that they go through stuff together. Family is the most important element of success in Persian philosophy . In Khoone Tekooni is vary Important to wash all the carpets in the house; persian houses are covered in carpet and in old days carpet was made by women's and it represents a lot of life elements in persian philosophy .

Every Norooz a serie of objects are collected and put together on a table in the main room of the house were Norooz is going to be celebrated. seven of these object start with the letter S in persian and they each represent an element or have a meaning, this set of things are called Haft Sin which means seven S. Mirror, apple, candle, Golab, Sabze, Goldfish, painted egg, are some of the objects which are found in Haft Sin and they each symbolize something:



  • Mirror - symbolizing Sky
  • Apple - symbolizing Earth
  • Candles - symbolizing Fire
  • Golab - rose water symbolizing Water
  • Sabzeh - wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants
  • Goldfish - symbolizing Animals
  • Painted Eggs - symbolizing Humans and Fertility

  • Some other thing on Haft Sin:


    • Samanu - (Persian: سمنو‎)-sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence
    • Senjed - (Persian: سنجد‎)-dried oleaster Wild Olive fruit - symbolizing love
    • Sir - (Persian: سیر‎)- garlic - symbolizing medicine
    • Sib - (Persian: سیب‎)- apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    • Somāq - (Persian: سماق‎)sumac fruit - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
    • Serkeh - (Persian: سرکه‎) - vinegar - symbolizing old-age and patience

    Friday, November 8, 2013

    Soccer



    After defatting south Korea In Seoul ,their capital  city Iran got qualification to participate in World cup 2014.With Ghoochanejad's Goal Iran won the match one-nill causing a smile on the face of every individual, people were celebrating Iran's qualification all across the country, every street was filled with people, air was full of pride.


    Reza Ghoochannejad (‎ born 20 September 1987), commonly known as Reza or Gucci, is anIranian-Dutch footballer who currently plays for Belgian club Standard Liège and for the Iran national football team as forward .

    Iran is Also one of the strong soccer teams in Asia and it carries 3 AFC championship and it has been the third for four times and the fourth for one time.




    Sport and mostly soccer these days is playing a huge role in peoples life style and the way they live, think, and act toward each other. Sports allow nations to compete in peace with sportsmanship and fairness. Sport shows the world that being the best does not bring joy if there is no respect.


    Iran's qualification took place approximately one week after Iran's new president Hassan Rohani was elected; Rohani's massage was to soften the relationship among Iran and west. Last week FIFA's president was Invited to Iran, he said he has been invited to Iran before however he find now the right time to come and to also congratulate Iranians for qualifying in 2014 world cup.


    The main reason of this visit was to negotiate Iran's offer on hosting AFC in 2019. Rohani  says that Iran is fully prepared to host major international football tournaments. Rohani believes that Sport helps cultures and nations to get closer together and he says “Today, football is not only a sport, but the shining players are countries’ peace ambassadors to football fields,”. TehranTimes believes that this could be a vary good start to get people of the world to know Iran and Iranians.







    Friday, November 1, 2013

    Book suggestion

    One of the best ways to study the history of a culture is to study the believes of their society. Religion has a huge impact on a cultures history and changes the way people live in certain places. It is the same when it gets to Iran. Religion plays an important role on Iran's culture and old history, Iran also played an important role on how different religions spread around the world due to its geographical location.At the time being majority of Iranians are Moslem which is an explanation on why the country is called Islamic republic of Iran. However there are people with othere religions also with their own communities. The idea of country being called Islamic republic does not mean that there aren't worship places for other religions.


    Religions of Iran is a book suggested by TehranTimes which gives a very good idea on how Iranians life styles chaged through out the history by history and it shows what Iranians have been through to get were they are. This book talk about prehistory of religions in Iran till now, and it shows how Iran effected the spread of different religions around the world over the history and it also gives an opinion on how Iran old religion Zoroastrianism effects other and more common religions.

     Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World, University of California, Irvine describes the book as:‘This book provides a comprehensive, scholarly and highly readable account of the development of Iranian religions through the ages. Foltz magnificently demonstrates the influence and interaction between Iranian and other world religions. Every student of the history of religions should read this book in order to fully understand the contributions of the Iranian tradition, from Zoroastrianism to the Kurdish religion of the Ahl-e Haqq.’