The New Year in Iran also marks the
beginning of Spring. Traditionally, it lasts 12 days. Two weeks before
the New Year, March 21, seeds are planted-typically, celery or wheat seed.
The seeds are first planted in water until it begins to grow. After the
plants begin to sprout they are placed in clay pots.
On New Year’s Eve, the 13th day of the celebration families go into the
country and toss the seedlings into the wind. The tossing of the seedlings
against the wind symbolizes forgiving people and getting rid of past grievances
with people you have fought with in the past and anyone you are fighting with
presently. Nice tradition huh?
Your New Year can begin in peace and harmony. You find ideas for creating a classroom garden at the following website.
Kids Gardening Lesson Plans