Iranian people observe many traditional customs ahead of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. One of them is a ceremony called “No-Usti” held in Ardabil on the last Wednesday of Iranian calendar year.

The traditional “No-Usti” ritual means jumping over water which is held every year on Baliqli Chai river in Ardabil’s “Haft Cheshmeh”.

Every year, Ardebili ladies come to “Haft Cheshmeh” [Seven Springs] with a handful of scissors sweep, and earthenware to make wishes and forget the melancholies.

They sweep the water, throw small pebbles and old shoes into the water, and try to cut water with scissors.

They also cross the water for seven times.

Here are the photos of this ritual retrieved from ISNA and Tasnim News Agency:

NB: In 2020, the ceremony was called off over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The following photos are from the previous edition.

Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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