One of the most fun things about Norooz, or Iranian New Year, is that it it tied precisely to the moment of the Vernal Equinox- when Winter turns to Spring, and day and night are exactly the same length.
So you can figure out exactly when that moment comes in any given year, and know that your friends and family all over the world are celebrating at exactly the same moment. For me in New York, that moment will be 8:07:26 p.m. tonight.
Do you want to know exactly when spring will come to your neck of the woods? Click here: http://www.farsinet.com/noruz/hajifiruz2.html.
It is customary to call all your closest friends and family soon after the ringing in of the new year to wish them a happy Norooz. Usually, younger people call older people as a sign of respect. And, for the next 13 days, people visit each other and adults give children "eidi" or new year's cash. Leading up to today, Iranians all around the world have been spring cleaning, buying new clothes, creating their "haft sin" tables, and getting excited about the holiday. It's a pretty sweet time of the year... especially if you're a kid!
More to come soon!