Iran embassy marks Persian new year

Azlan Othman

Iranians living in Brunei recently celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year, at the home of the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Brunei Darussalam Homeira Rigi Zirouki.

In her speech, the ambassador thanked the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

For Iranians, Nowruz is a day of ancient traditions and customs. Some would go to the mosque before the new year and perform YaMoqalebalQoloobeValabsa and the NaqareZani ceremony, which is broadcast on TV.

The traditional Halva and Nowruz breads and homemade sweets with rice or wheat flour are baked and a symbolic table to mark the occasion is usually set up, the contents varying from village to village.

Some common items include a copy of Al-Quran, mirrors, lamps, fresh spring branches and flowers, local breads, homemade sweets, rice, combs, scissors, coins, river fish, rose water, fruits, Esfand, Somaq, Samanu and coloured eggs.