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“I think we all recognize that nothing in our world is more necessary than the spirit of Navroz. When we see all the conflicts, the plights of migrants and refugees, when we see the rise of xenophobia and racism in so many parts of the world, it is clear that we all need the spirit of Navroz” — António Guterres, UN Secretary General, quote from film.
Simerg is pleased to present a special YouTube feature on Navroz entitled “The Spirit of Nowruz: Marking the Start of Spring” that was organized by the US Library of Congress (LOC). The entire LOC program with discussions and a Q&A session is almost 1 hour and 13 minutes long. The informative 45 minute film by award-winning documentary and educational film producer and director Farzin Rezaeian commences at the 15th minute mark of the program with remarks by UNSG António Guterres. The film provides viewers with an excellent overview of the history of Navroz and how the festival is celebrated today across different countries, cultures, traditions and faiths. Every aspect of Navroz is covered in this fine — and at times heart-warming — film that will raise our spirits as we commence the New Year on March 21, 2023, followed by the holy month of Ramadhan two days later, on March 23.
Date posted: March 18, 2023.
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With March 21, 2021 only ten days away, Simerg is pleased to compile this list of Navroz books for children. The books will give families opportunities to experience the different aspects of the great cultural tradition of Navroz. All the books listed here can be delivered as early as next week!
This book, like others listed below, receives a high score on Amazon. Gail Hejazi, a teacher in Princeton, New Jersey, was inspired to write this book when her daughter was in kindergarten and the teacher invited parents to come in and share their holiday traditions with the class. One reviewer notes that the book is engaging and gives the reader a chance to read and experience all aspects of Persian New Year. Check out the book at Amazon.ca and other worldwide Amazon websites including Amazon.com. Book available for delivery in North America within days with Prime membership (30 day free trial available)! For the UK, please click HERE.
Nowruz, also Navroz, Norooz, Nawruz, Noruz etc. is a time to freshen your home, plant new seeds, cook a feast, give gifts to friends, and welcome the brand-new year! The book invites you to learn about and celebrate the Persian New Year with Leila and her family. Normally celebrated by more than 300 million people across Central and Southern Asia as well as all around the world, our celebrations of Nowruz in 2021 are going to be limited due to Covid-19 restrictions that are in force around the world, preventing open family and community gatherings as in the past. This book by Solmaz Parveen, a second generation Persian American who has a long-standing obsession with puzzles and games, is a fun activity book that in these times will allow family members to explore the traditions surrounding Nowruz while encouraging creativity and learning. The book has over 100 pages filled with word and number games, drawing and doodling activities, mazes, coloring pages, and more. Check out book at Amazon.ca and other worldwide Amazon websites including Amazon.com. Book available for delivery in North America within days!
New for 2021, this picture book celebrating Persian New Year and the tradition of Haft-Seen is by Missouri based award-winning author Adib Khorram. Haft-seen is a Nowruz tradition in Iran where families gather around a specially prepared holiday table to make wishes for the coming months. The book is illustrated by Zainab Faidhi, a conceptual artist, illustrator, animator, and architect whose work includes the feature film The Breadwinner, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The book is available at the Chapters-Indigo website as well as at Amazon.ca and its worldwide websites including Amazon.com. Book available for delivery in North America within days!
Graphic designer Mojgan Roohani’s passion for children’s books gradually took her deeper and deeper into the realms of storytelling and book illustration. The idea for her book published in 2018 was in her mind for many years and evolved from Nowruz to Nowruz as her children grew up and passed from preschool to kindergarten to elementary school and beyond! They and their teachers always wanted something cultural and colorful to share in the classroom along with one of the activities such as decorating eggs or preparing to grow a dish of green shoots! So Mojgan felt great joy that she finally was able to complete her labor of love! Check out the book at Amazon.ca and other worldwide websites including Amazon.com. Book available for delivery in North America within days!
Ellie Frad explains the Persian ancient ceremony of the Nourooz for children age 3-5 through Grace, a character who loves to learn about everything. In this book, Grace gets familiar with Haft-seen, a Nourooz tradition in Iran where families gather around a specially prepared holiday table to make wishes for the coming months. Items on the table refer to new life and renewal, and they are based around the number seven. Grace seeks to learn about the elements of Haft-seen and the book also teaches its readers a few words in the Farsi language. The book has been recommended for toddlers because of its nice pictures, and some have found it adorable to read it out aloud. Check out the book at Amazon.ca and other worldwide websites including Amazon.com. Book available for delivery in North America within days!
Date posted: March 11, 2021.
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Before departing this website please take a moment to review Simerg’s Table of Contents for links to hundreds of thought provoking pieces on a vast array of subjects including faith and culture, history and philosophy, and arts and letters to name a few. Also visit Simerg’s sister websites Barakah, dedicated to His Highness the Aga Khan, and Simergphotos.