Happy Spring and Persian New Year + Video by da-AL

Photo of Nowrooz spread by Katzenfee50 from Pixabay
Image by Katzenfee50 from Pixabay

Spring and the start of any new year are laden with happy promise — those of releasing past griefs and embracing potential good times ahead.

I wish you, dear reader, all the best for this new season that for many countries also marks the start of a new calendar year.

Here’s a speech I did for Toastmasters…

Persian New Year (aka Nowrooz, which is spelled a variety of ways due to varying alphabets) is not (n-o-t) a religious holiday. Moreover, other countries also (a-l-s-o) celebrate it, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Albania.

Did you know that Japan celebrates a version of Nowruz?

Have you got plans for Spring?…

39 thoughts on “Happy Spring and Persian New Year + Video by da-AL

  1. Invisibly Me March 22, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Aw this is wonderful, da-AL! Spring cannot come soon enough in my opinion – here’s to hoping the lighter, brighter months are kind to you & us all 🌷
    Caz xx

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  2. itsmyhusbandandme March 21, 2019 / 5:22 am

    Happy Spring – lets hope it “springs” in London soon.
    JP

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    • da-AL March 22, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      here in Los Angeles we had an unusual 1st day – rain, hail, & sunshine 🙂

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  3. Khaya Ronkainen March 20, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    Happy Spring, and Persian New Year! Wishing you brighter days ahead!

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  4. marklucero@aol.com March 20, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    Thank you Daal for your News Years speech. It put a smile on my face and put me in a calmer state of mind than the one I was in. Wishing you and Kashayar and all of your loved ones a very happy new year.

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  5. lloydslensphotographyllc March 20, 2019 / 5:43 pm

    Interesting speech! When you was showing the picture in the book the thing that caught my eye was the Garlic. My property has a lot of wild garlic and seeing it come up is one of the signs of Spring. A relative of Garlic is “Ramps” (wild leek). Every Spring we have festivals involving Ramps to celebrate Spring.

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    • da-AL March 22, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      that sounds wonderful! the garlic symbolizes good health 🙂

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      • lloydslensphotographyllc March 22, 2019 / 5:27 pm

        Oh yes, we have a “tall tale” about 2 brothers who are centuries old and sleep most of the year. They only wake up during Ramp season and it’s said that it’s the ramps that keeps them alive.

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  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt March 20, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Happy Nawrooz to you and your husband, Daal. May it be filled with joy. Your Toastmaster’s speech was enlightening and I really enjoyed it. I love the idea of the darkest and for some the most fearsome part of winter becoming the beginning of the New Year. It says a great deal about hope and the future. I love the table. Would you be willing to explain the symbolism of the fish? What are traditional dishes served at Nawrooz? Thanks for sharing this cultural celebration.

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  7. Stella, oh, Stella March 20, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    Nice speech! That was very interesting. Maybe we celebrate New Year on first of January just to have a celebration and reasons for fireworks when it is most dark outside … 😉

    My plans for spring are: to enjoy it and take care of my flower beds, maybe start some vegetables.

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    • da-AL March 22, 2019 / 2:12 pm

      sweet plans! I love how we can enjoy new year days from everywhere — we need more celebrating 🙂

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      • Stella, oh, Stella March 22, 2019 / 2:16 pm

        We can do our own spontaneous celebrations, e. g. the “Sunny Sunday” celebration or “This cake turned out really well” celebration, invite people … 😉

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  8. koolkosherkitchen March 20, 2019 / 2:31 pm

    Happy Persian New Year – wonderful video!
    I find it interesting, dear da-Al, that you have a Hamsa design on your shirt; any special reason for it?

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