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How to Say Happy New Year in Persian & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Persian

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Persian? Let a native teach you! At PersianPod101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Persian New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Iran
  2. Must-Know Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Persian
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How PersianPod101 Can Help You Learn Persian

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Persian New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Iran

In Iran, the New Year traditionally begins on the first day of spring, typically sometime around March 20. Iranians start their New Year as the earth awakens from its winter hibernation and plants spring forth from the ground, which is why the New Year is called Nowrooz, meaning “new day” in Persian.

In this lesson, you will learn about how during Nowrooz, members of Iranian families gather around the Sofre-ye Haft-Seen, literally meaning the seven ‘S’s table, to wish each other a happy New Year, eat dinner, and relax together.

Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-

What is commonly eaten on the first day of the New Year in Iran?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

Nowrooz activities actually begin several days before the Eid. One of these activities is spring cleaning. In each household, family members clean, wash, and tidy up their living spaces in preparation for the Eid, which means feast. These activities are called Khaane Tekaani, which literally means the shaking out or removing of dust from the house. After this is finished, the family members put on their new, clean clothes and wait for the New Year to come.

When Iranians hear the word Nowrooz, they often think of Sofre-ye Haft-Seen, which refers to a series of objects and foods that are set on the table or onto a piece of cloth, the names of which all begin with the sound ‘s’ in Persian.These objects represent concepts such as goodness and blessings. Among them, there is usually Senjed, which is dried oleaster wild olive fruit, Sib or apple, Sabzeh or sprouts from green plants, Samanoo or sweet pudding, Sir or garlic, Serkeh or vinegar, Somaq or sumac, and Sekke, which is a coin. A mirror, a candle, a goldfish, colored eggs, and a collection of Hafez poems are also oftentimes included. Family members gather around the display to congratulate each other on the Eid, and older members give younger ones money as a New Year’s gift.

One of the most important traditions that still remains intact from ancient times is eid didani. On eid didani, people visit relatives, friends, and acquaintances, and the host receives their guests by giving them candies, dried nuts, and fruits. Making trips out to various towns and spending time outdoors are popular activities among Iranians on Nowrooz. This way, people prepare themselves for a year full of work, activity, jubilation, and success. The older members of the family present the Eidi or New Year’s gift, which in most cases is cash in brand new bills, to the younger members.

Did you know that Iranians also celebrate a character similar to Santa Claus during Nowrooz called Amoo Nowrooz, or Uncle Nowrooz? Like his western counterpart, Uncle Nowrooz is a kind old man with a white beard who announces the coming New Year to the people. There is another character related to the New Year named Haji Firooz. With a black face and red clothes, he dances, sings, beats a drum, and performs comical routines to amuse onlookers in the streets.

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

What is commonly eaten on the first day of the New Year in Iran?

The first food eaten in the New Year is usually Sabzi Polo baa Maahi, a dish comprised of rice, fish, chopped vegetables, spices, salt, and oil. The components of this dish represent the productivity of nature, the bounty of rice, and the active movements of fish. Eating this food on Nowrooz symbolizes an appreciation for the bounties provided by God in the New Year.

Happy New Year!
عید شما مبارک
eid-e shomaa mobaarak

2. Must-Know Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Persian Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

سال
saal

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Iran could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

نیمه شب نیمه شب
nime shab

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

روز آغاز سال نو
rooz-e aaqaaz-e saal-e no

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

میهمانی
mihmaani

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

رقص
raqs

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

شامپاین
shaampaayn

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

آتش بازى
aatash baazi

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown

شمارش معکوس
shomaaresh-e ma’koos

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

تعطیلات سال نو
ta’tilaat-e saal-e no

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

کاغذ رنگی
kaaqaz rangi

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

شب سال نو
shab-e saal-e no

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

به سلامتی
be salaamati

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

تصمیم
tasmim

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

رژه
rezhe

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At PersianPod101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Persian New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Persian word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at PersianPod101 - what are yours?

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New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

مطالعه بیشتر
Motaale’eye bishtar

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Persian in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Persian language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

گذراندن وقت بیشتر همراه خانواده
Gozaraandan-e vaghte bishtar hamraahe khaanevadeh

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

وزن کم کردن
vazn kam kardan

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

پس انداز پول
Pasandaaz-e pul

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to PersianPod101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

ترک سیگار
Tark-e sigaar

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

یادگیری چیزی جدید
Yaadgiri-e chizi jadid

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

کمتر مشروب نوشیدن
kamtar mashroob nooshidan

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

ورزش مداوم
Varzesh-e modaavem

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

تغذیه سالم
Taqzieye saalem

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Persian with PersianPod101

یادگیری فارسی با پرشین پاد ۱۰۱
yaadgiriye faarsi baa pershenpaad 101

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Persian, especially with us! Learning how to speak Persian can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. PersianPod101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Persian new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Persian, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Persian incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with PersianPod101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Persian could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Persian - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Persian - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with PersianPod101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Persian

How to Say Thank You in Persian

In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Persian
  2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
  3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
  4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
  5. How PersianPod101 Can Help You

So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Persian? You can learn easily! Below, PersianPod101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Persian speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Persian

1- Thank you.

متشکرم.
motshakeram.

The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

2- That’s very kind of you.

واقعا لطف دارید.
vaaghe’an lotf daarid.

This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

3- Thanks for your kind words!

از جملات محبت آمیزتان ممنونم!
Az jomalaat-e mohab-bat aamizetaan mamnoonam.

Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4- Thank you for coming today.

ممنون که امروز آمدین.
mamnoon keh emrooz aamadin.

This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Persian speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Persian guests!

5- Thank you for your consideration

ممنون از توجه شما.
mamnoon az tavaj-joh-e shomaa.

This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

6- Thanks a lot!

خیلی ممنون!
kheily mamnoon.

This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Persian. Use this in an informal setting with your Persian friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

پیدا کردن معلمانی مثل شما آسان نیست.
peydaa kardan-e mo-al-lemaani mesl-e shomaa aasaan nist.

Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your PersianPod101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

8- Thank you for spending time with us.

ممنون از اینکه با ما وقت گذراندید.
mamnoon az inkeh baa maa vaght gozaraandid.

Any host at a gathering with Persian speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Persian language teacher for her time.

9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

ممنون از اینکه صبور بودید و کمک کردید بهتر بشم.
mamnoon az inkeh saboor boodid va komak kardid behtar besham.

This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Persian teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Iran, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

10- You’re the best teacher ever!

شما بهترین معلم هستید.
shomaa behtarin moal-lem hastid.

This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

11- Thank you for the gift.

ممنون برای هدیه.
mamnoon baraay-e hedyeh.

This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

به لطف شما من چیزهای زیادی یاد گرفته ام.
beh lotf-e shomaa man chizhaay-e ziyaadi yaad gerfteh am.

What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! Iran is no different.

1- تشکر می‌کنم. Tashakkor Mikonam
In Persian, “Thank you” is تشکر می‌کنم Tashakkor Mikonam. The first word, Tashakkor تشکر ,means “thanks.” After this comes Mikonam می‌کنم , meaning “I do thank you.”

2- خیلی‌ تشکر می‌کنم. Kheili Tashakkor Mikonam
You can emphasize Tashakkor Mikonam by adding Kheili خیلی ‌, which means literally “a lot” or “so much.” That makes Kheili Tashakkor Mikonam خیلی‌ تشکر می‌کنم, which would be equivalent to “Thank you so much,” a politer expression than just Tashakkor Mikonam. تشکر می‌کنم. There are other ways to express one’s gratitude in Persian, but they are all variations of Kheili Tashakkor Mikonam خیلی‌ تشکر می‌کنم. There will be occasions when you will really want to show your appreciation and politeness. On these occasions, you should use the expression Tashakkor Mikonam.

3- متشکرم. Moteshakkeram
Another way to thank someone is Moteshakkeram, which is simply another form of the verb Tashakkor. So “Thanks” in Persian is Moteshakkeram متشکرم and “Many thanks” is Kheili Moteshakkeram. خیلی‌ متشکرم. The word Kheili, meaning “a lot,” is used to make the phrase more polite. This is followed by Moteshakkeram, which means something like “thanks.”

Cultural Insights

Quick tip 1
By far, Moteshakkeram is the most common way to say “Thanks.” Use the more polite version Tashakor Mikonam sparingly, in very special situations, like when you have been helped a lot by somebody. Remember: when in doubt, keeping it simple is always your safest bet. You don’t have to worry about formal or informal situations; Moteshakkeram can be used with just about anyone, anywhere, and anytime. You say Moteshakkeram when the waiter brings your food or drinks, when the clerk in the hotel takes your luggage to your room, and when somebody welcomes or congratulates you. No matter what the person’s profession or age, Moteshakkeram will always be an appropriate response.

Quick tip 2
If you are around friends, you might hear an alternative to Tashakor Mikonam: Ghorbanat. This is similar to something like “Cheers” or “Love you,” it’s mostly used among young people and is very informal. If you know the people well enough, feel free to throw one of these in—your knowledge of informal Persian will surely be appreciated.

On the run to Iran? Wait! You can’t go without some basic language phrases under your belt! Especially if you’re heading to meet your prospective employer! Either in person or online, knowing how to say ‘Thank you’ in the Persian language will only improve their impression of you! PersianPod101 saves you time with this short lesson that nevertheless packs a punch. Learn to say ‘Thank you’ in Persian in no time!

3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

5 Ways to Say Thank You in Persian

Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Persian, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Persian in Iran!

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At PersianPod101, we offer you a few ways of saying ‘Thank you’ in Persian that you have no excuse not knowing, as they’re so simple and easy to learn. The lesson is geared to aid your ‘survival’ in formal and informal situations in Iran, so don’t wait! You will never have to google ‘How do you say thanks in Persian’ again…!

4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

5. Why would PersianPod101 be the perfect choice to learn Persian?

However, you need not stop at ‘Thank you’ in Persian - why not learn to speak the language?! You have absolutely nothing to lose. Research has shown that learning a new language increases intelligence and combats brain-aging. Also, the ability to communicate with native speakers in their own language is an instant way to make friends and win respect! Or imagine you know how to write ‘Thank you’ to that special Persian friend after a date…he/she will be so impressed!

Thank You

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