11 Reasons Norouz Is Better Than Any Other Holiday

Holidays are great, no matter where they come from or who celebrates them. Holidays are an excuse to celebrate, eat, and be slightly more cordial to people. But,

Norouz, no matter how you spell it, is the best holiday ever.



You don’t get presents. You get Cash. Money.

eid money


It falls on the first day of Spring. Winter holidays? They’re basic.

winter basic


There’s enough ‘Shireeni‘ (baked goods) to feed everyone and their moms.

treat yo self


You have to wear something new when the new year hits (saal tahvil). And that only means one thing:



Everyone is less judgmental at mehmoonis (trans: parties).

rhobh judge


judging you


It’s prime mating season.


You will see people you haven’t seen in years. And they will want to play.


You have to go visit other people, (“Eid Deedany”), which means all those people will prepare ridiculous amounts of food.

So it’s Thanksgiving, a few times over in the span of two weeks.


No Persian host wants to be one-upped, which means you have everything to gain here.


And you never worry about all the feasting, because you will be doing a lot of ‘gher-ring ‘.


You’ll feel that dance in your pants, as soon as that FOB-Y music blares, even if you’re slightly embarassed that you like it.


The Haft-Sin is like a Christmas Tree. The best way to prove how much better you are than your friends is to

step up your Haft-sin game and share it on social media.

source: beyond shahs of sunset facebook page

source: Beyond Shahs of Sunset facebook page


If you need some luck with your love life, you just have to ‘knot your sabzeh‘ and wish for your soulmate.

And it’s actually difficult to knot those thin blades of grass without breaking them, so good luck!

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After it’s all over, you’ve jumped over fire, seen all your family and friends, and wished for love.

Is there any other holiday that can give you all that?


Are there any other reasons why Norouz is the best holiday of the year? let us know!

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Afsoon: You Are The Tomato to My Kabob

We wanted to do something special for Norooz this year and when we saw Golreezan’s designs, we knew we had to give the designer some eshgh. The talented and creative Afsoon Talai – if you haven’t sent your custom-made Norooz/Tavalod cards yet, then you are clearly missing out. She’s a graphic designer extraordinaire – truly talented and we’re especially digging this Norooz card she made personally for SexandFessenjoon


We are excited to see what’s in store for Golreezan and Afsoon.  We hope you enjoy her interview and beautiful designs! Happy Norooz! 

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Come to My Fire Party

Heyyyy Joooooooons,

March is one of my favorite months: spring is right around the corner (though stifled by the freak snowfalls we get) but furthermore Norooz is upon us! I find it a much more endearing and sacred way to celebrate a new year versus its Gregorian counterpart. I set up my haft-seen (on my snake tank because there’s no space in my small apartment) and looking forward to the blessings and implications of a new year.


Every year, the family and I celebrate Norooz on campus at the University of Minnesota, where student group PSOM (Persian Student Organization of Minnesota) plans a fantastic Norooz celebration in tandem with university resources, the local Persian market, and other organizations. It’s a lovely event with dinner and dancing for the entire community in the Twin Cities.

Norooz has always been one of my favorite times of the year because of all the time spent with family/friends, the well wishing and gift exchanging, and of course, the feasts. Even the sight of a haft-seen makes my heart soar. [Read more…]


JOONS, we can’t claim we rep Iranian/Persian roots if we don’t put up a NOWROUZ/Norooz/EID post.

We’re taking a minute out of our super busy day (who else left cleaning and showering for the last minute?) to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

1391 style.

No not 1391 A.D, That would be the Spanish Inquisition.

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