Persian New Year's Party

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Published on 14 Mar 2015
An evening of celebration at a friend's house, ringing in the Persian New Year (Nowruz) with Iranian dance, jumping over the fire and eating until we burst.

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Dance is the art of movement of the body, usually rhythmically and to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures. "A dance" is any one prescribed sequence of such movements, or the music to which it is performed, or an event at which it takes place. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication recognisable in other animals; in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as mating dances.A party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socialising, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment.Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year. Nowruz marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalises night and day is calculated exactly every year and families gather together to observe the rituals.