With the arrival of Spring, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha hosts a unique Iranian Food Festival at their 365 restaurant from 19th-25th March 2018 in celebration of Iranian New Year. Mohammad Noorani, an Iranian Chef flew in specially from Tehran for this exceptional occasion!
For all food lovers, the Iranian Food Festival is your chance to embark on a cultural journey of rich traditions and experience the real taste of authentic dishes. Make sure to join the celebration and get a chance to win an amazing trip to Iran during the raffle draw!
Philippe Montaubin, the Cluster General Manager said:
365 is an all-day dining restaurant offering international cuisine and honoring traditions from all our Guests’ countries. This month, we celebrate Iran during the Nowruz period with the help and expertise of our sister hotel in Tehran. Many more surprises and delights from other parts of the world will arise in the months to come.
Nowruz, which means “new day” in Persian, has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years, and traditionally begins the very moment that the sun crosses the equator on the vernal equinox. The holiday has roots in the ancient Zoroastrian religion and marks the first day of the official Iranian calendar.
Nowruz is celebrated across the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus and beyond. Countries celebrating Nowruz include Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Albania.
Nowruz ushers in a celebratory period of two weeks, in which families clean their homes, visit relatives, and share festive meals and gifts.
Nowruz is also observed with cultural events and ceremonies, including street performances of music, poetry and dance. Families enjoy traditional foods, such as reshteh polow, a dish of toasted rice and noodles with lamb, dates and raisins.
The holiday is also frequently marked with sports competitions including wrestling and horse racing in Uzbekistan, and Kokboru (also a horse-mounted sport) in Kyrgyzstan. In Iran, families traditionally lay out a “haft-seen,” or a selection of seven symbolic items each beginning with the letter “s,” including fried fruit, sprouts or grasses, and spices.
Nowruz was recognized by the U.N. in 2009 as a tradition of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which “promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness,” according to the U.N.