Cultivating Hope Amid Corona Virus (COVID19) Chaos w Video by da-AL

2020 is taking a bit of a nosedive, no? So let’s celebrate the new year again! My husband was born in Iran, where it’s Nowrooz, a non-religious holiday. Here we are with our Persian New Year’s setting…

Here we are with our Persian New Year’s setting.

Spring and new years are laden with blossoms of promise. Regardless of what occurs outside ourselves, they’re opportunities to release our pasts and do what we can to foster good times ahead.

In addition to Iran, other countries participate in Persian New Year (aka Nowrooz, which is spelled many ways due to varying phonetic translations). The list includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Albania. Even Japan celebrates a version of Nowruz!

Here’s a speech about Persian New Year I performed as a member of Toastmasters…

My wish for you, dear reader, that the future brings only the best to you and your loved ones.


More on the current crisis here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

How do you cultivate hope and celebration during uncertain times?

83 thoughts on “Cultivating Hope Amid Corona Virus (COVID19) Chaos w Video by da-AL

  1. Indeed, this is chaos and it’s meant to be that way so that we don’t have time for critical analysis. We are sacrificing our childrens sacrifice for what statistics suggest isn’t worse than any other flu season. Shame on us adults, saving our own skins while children are delivered up a future with freedom.

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  2. This is so beautiful and filled with so much hope for the future. I love learning about new cultures (for me), I find it interesting which is why I love to travel so much!!! It really makes sense to start the new year this time of year when the world is beginning to wake up and provide us with its beauty again. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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  3. Your voice is so clear, fantastic diction. Really interesting point with the start of a new year in the winter. We tend to see spring as the time of hope and a refreshing new start, yet as you say with farmers and things gradually changing, it starts earlier and you’re then looking at different details. Persian ‘New Day’ is something I knew little (nothing) about. Two weeks of celebration sound more appropriate for celebrating a new year rather than one day (often spent drinking too much in Western societies), doesn’t it? I didn’t quite catch the word towards the end for the green shoots you held up, what is that plant called?
    Fantastic talk, da-AL, really interesting!
    Stay safe and well ♥
    Caz xx

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    • you are so wonderful, Chaz, to listen so closely ❤ the word is Farsi, ‘sabze’, which means sprouts – ‘sabz’ means green 🙂 do you call sprouts ‘shoots’ in UK? was just googling about now – magnifies nutrients in beans as well as makes them more digestible. once they get longer like the ones in the video, they can be snipped for salads etc & are considered microgreens

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  4. Great speech! I have actually been asking a lot of people why we have new year’s day in the winter, it seemed silly to me. New year should begin in spring when everything is renewing and coming to life again.

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