We all know that the Chinese celebrate their New Year with the Moon-but there are other cultures which celebrate it with the Sun.  Namely, Zoroastrianism which was historically practiced in Persia (modern-day Iran).  Zoroastrianism still persists to this day, and with it so does a more wide-spread tradition of Norwuz.

Norwuz is the Persian New Year celebrated on the First Day of Spring- or the Vernal Equinox.  On this day, an assortment of different foods are served- but key amongst them is Mahi.  Mahi is the Persian word for “fish”, and on Norwuz it represents life mirroring the idea that the Vernal Equinox is also the representation of new life as we move into the agricultural season.