Nowruz or Norooz, the holiday means “New Day” and commemorates the Persian New Year. The holiday, which dates back 3,000 years, is rooted in Zoroastrianism – an ancient Iranian religion that influenced later religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Persians celebrate Nowruz on the exact second of the vernal equinox (when the day and night are of equal length). It’s is usually between March 20th and 21st. So, there’s no specific new year eve celebration as it can happen any time of the day.
In association with the “rebirth of nature”, extensive spring-cleaning is a national tradition observed by Persians.
Khaneh-Tekani is what referred by Persian’s to the annual spring cleaning before the arrival of Nowruz.
Deep Spring Cleaning is literally “shaking house”, is a spring-cleaning tradition performed by all family members. It includes cleaning of items, which were not cleaned during the rest of the year, such as silverware, carpets and furniture, as well as clearing the garden of winter debris
After spring cleaning, the home is ready for a fresh start to the New Year. The home is also ready to receive guests during the customary Nowruz visitations.
Such a beautiful habit to start a new year!