Happy Persian New Year! a Toastmasters Speech by da-AL

For Persians, honoring the New Year is a happy two-week long event. Norooz 2017 starts Monday, March 20, at 3:28 a.m. Some go as far as beginning the Wednesday before, jumping over bonfires that represent life-sustaining sunlight burning away dark winter cold. Regardless of exact time or day when the northern hemisphere equinox occurs, many gather with family, friends, and food to welcome it. A flurry of brief cheerful teas ensues, with juniors visiting elders, then elders visiting back. Festivities culminate on the 13th day, when all gather for picnics to eat, dance, recite poetry, and sing.

This speech fulfilled my Storytelling manual project 5, “Bringing History to Life.”

Below is the photo I point at toward the end of the speech. It’s from an amazing book called, “Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies,” by Najmieh Batmanglij.

Photo from book.


32 thoughts on “Happy Persian New Year! a Toastmasters Speech by da-AL

  1. Wow, so interesting. Maybe that’s why Spring feels to me, the year really starts. Over here March 20 is the day Spring officially starts 🙂
    Love you’re shirt by-the-way.
    Big hug and wish you a wonderful new week!

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  2. I enjoyed your talk. It’s interesting that everything no the table begins with “S” in the Farsi language. It’s a pity we don’t have the same tradition in English speaking countries or I could have sausages, Snickers and sushi all at the same time.

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  3. I love the idea of doing Norooz in March. Winter can be so bitterly cold, that having a celebration in the middle of it seems like a great idea. 🙂 What fun and what a beautiful celebration with gorgeous food and customs. I love how elders are part of it. Lovely post. 🙂

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