Happy First Day of Spring and Happy Persian New Year! by da-AL

For Persians, honoring the New Year is a happy two-week long event. Norooz 2018 starts Monday, March 20, at 9:15 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.

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.

Do you do anything special for the First Day of Spring?…

67 thoughts on “Happy First Day of Spring and Happy Persian New Year! by da-AL

  1. Lovely post. Happy New Spring, Happy Persian New Year. Since we’re still getting snow here in New England, for the first day of spring I bought a bunch of cut daffodils, and spread them everywhere in the house. 🙂

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  2. 🙂 I generally buy a new dress to wear on the 1st of September, the arrival of Spring in South Africa. I plant my blossoms in advance and come spring, I have bouquets of flowers, lots of beautiful butterflies too!

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