Nowruz, the Iranian New Year has some mythical characters that appear in different ways. Here we name the characters for you.
Amu Nowrooz (Uncle Nowrooz)
In Iran, the traditional heralds of the festival of Nowruz are Amu Nowruz and Haji Firuz, who appear in the streets to celebrate the New Year.
Amu Nowrooz brings children gifts, much like his counterpart Santa Claus. He is the husband of Nane Sarma, with whom he shares a traditional love story in which they can meet each other only once a year. He is depicted as an elderly silver-haired man with a long beard carrying a walking stick, wearing a felt hat, a long cloak of blue canvas, a sash, giveh, and linen trousers.
Hajji Firuz or Khwaja Piruz is a fictional character in Iranian folklore who appears in the streets by the beginning of Nowrooz. His face is covered in soot, and he is clad in bright red clothes and a felt hat. He dances through the streets while singing and playing a tambourine. In the traditional songs, he introduces himself as a serf trying to cheer people whom he refers to as his lords.
Nane Sarma (Grandma Frost)
Nane Sarma is a mythical character in Iranian folklore. She is the wife of Amu Nowruz.
The story of Baba Nowruz and Nane Sarma, is the legend of going from past year to new year . An old man called Papa Nowrooz or Uncle Nowrooz goes to an old lady named Nane Sarma (grany frost). Based on the verbal legends, Nane sarma only can meet Baba Nowrooz once in a year (on new year day). The months of the year are the children of these two who changed the course of the reign of the weather every year.
Khatune Khorshid (sun lady) an Iranian legendary character who fulfills the family’s wishes.