Noruz is an ancient Zoroastrian holiday still celebrated by millions of people today. It falls on the first day of spring every year, but the holiday celebrations themselves last for 13 days (but for some reason, no one ever lets me take 13 days of school off - I call foul). To start off, there is Chaharshanbe Souri, celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the old year (Tuesday Night folks, cuz Farsi is confusing). People build fires and jump over them saying, "Sorkhi to az man o zardie man az to!" (Give me your beautiful red color and take back my sickly palor!). It can get pretty epic.
- Sabzeh - sprouts with a red ribbon tied around them. On the 13th day (Sizdah Bedar), people go for a picnic and throw the sabzeh into moving water to carry good wishes for the new year. Sometimes single women will tie the sprouts in knots hoping to get married during the year.
- Samanu - wheat or lentil dish
- Sib - apples, for good health
- Sonbol - hyacinth flower, for its fragrance
- Senjed - fruit from a lotus tree, symbolizes love
- Seer - garlic, symbolizes health
- Somagh (sumac) - the color of sunrise/sunset, symbolizes beauty
UMich PSA also had stand up comedian Tehran Soparvaz (Tehran "So-Fly") perform. He was hilarious and extremely engaging with the performers and audience throughout the show, even after his routine. They have had other Persian stand-up comedians perform at shows before, but this was the best. I didn't get video from the show, but there are a few videos out there with some of his older stand-up routines.