By Joe Campbell, Principal, Cleveland Elementary
Nowruz, which translates to “New Day,” is the Iranian or Persian New Year and marks the beginning of spring and the start of a 13-day holiday.
Nowruz is a time of renewal and joy, and an important time for families and friends to get together and celebrate. Across the Middle East, millions of children have an extended holiday, and many adults take time off to enjoy this special season--much like we do here in the West during the winter holidays.
At Cleveland Elementary, students, staff and families would have noticed a beautifully decorated table at the front of school the week before Spring Break. This display, a Haft-Seen Table, is a traditional display of seven items starting with the letter “s” in Farsi.
The seven items symbolize various aspects of life such as health, wealth, love, and wisdom and are meant to bring good luck and prosperity in the New Year.
Thank you to Cleveland’s English Language Learning Parent Ambassador and team of volunteers for creating the Haft-Seen Table and adding to our cultural awareness. We wish you all the best this spring holiday and for the coming new year. Nowruz Mobarak! Happy Nowruz!