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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New Beginnings: Find Peace

I’ve never actually liked spring. At least, in Minnesota, spring is very much a gamble. Some days are warm and the birds are singing, but the next day there’s a freak snowstorm and you can’t move your car.

pink blossom

Two years ago this time, a professor and I were discussing the seasons. After I’d mentioned my distaste for spring, she told me that spring is the emotion of anger in Chinese medicine. It makes sense if you think about it how much volatile energy there is regarding birth and new beginnings of life.

It put into context my lifelong discomfort with spring…

but that year it meant something a bit more.

During this particular spring, I was going through the last legs of a gnarly breakup with someone with whom I’d shared a torrid romance on and off for about four years. He was living out of state and though he was moving on, I refused to give up and instead clung desperately to something dead and tainted for much longer than was necessary. Getting over him was a strenuous ordeal and realizing I’d never again have him in my life was a terror I refused to face. So…

I fought it foolishly.

Understand that we’d set a behavioral standard with one another in the past where we’d constantly scrape and crawl back to one another after a period of distance. This repetitive dependence was all we knew. For him to finally break free and stand against the tide went against everything I knew to be “normal”. I also thought that was just how love worked: that it was a desperately cinematic affair, fraught with passion and tragedy.

Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to love again. I was exhausted and broken, worn thin to the bones and unable to stand tall or extend a gesture of vulnerability.

However, I found my new beginning in someone whom I believed to be a very unlikely candidate at first (another story for another time). A series of intriguing circumstances have led me to where I am now: in a respectful and healthy relationship with a man who is my best friend, partner in crime, and embodies goodness in every way possible. Instead of breaking me, he builds me up. There’s no room for manipulation or bullshit.

This is what love should look and act like.

I hope to be at his side for as long as possible. Without a doubt, he is the love of my life.

My new beginning was born at the death of an era, in grounds I deemed infertile. And, like me, you may be surprised how new beginnings find you.

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Spring me,


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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