Iranians, Afghans,Tajiks, Georgians, Azerbaijanis, Uygurs, Turks, Kurds of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, as well as certain tribal peoples of Yemen, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakistan, India, and Pakistan all celebrate this New Day/New Year/Spring Equinox with traditions and festivities passed down from the eldest of our elders. Every inch of the house and it's belongings are renewed and revitalized, colorful New Year clothes have been sewn or purchased, the ceremonial cloth/Sofreh has been spread and on it the Haft Sin alter set for this 13 day celebration of Life. Families gather around the ceremonial setting for prayers and blessings as we count down the movements of the Sun into Pisces traditionally called "the first point in Aries" (March 19 9:29 pm PST). Gifts are given and the traditional meal of herbed rice with fish is shared. Mouths are sweetened for the year ahead with almond, walnut, rosewater, and rice created delicacies: Oh the Sweetness of Life! Then ...
the visiting begins as these 13 days are filled with tea and the sweetening of our mouths from the Haft Sin cloths of all our relatives and friends. Schools, businesses, and government offices close during these celebrations as what could be more important than celebrating life and renewing relations as we are gifted another year. On the 13th day all happily picnic and party as we release the heart of the alter, Grass, back to the wilds in the flowing waters of rivers and streams, asking the Waters to return to us this gift of Life in the year to come.
Wishing you all much Health, Happiness, Love, Laughter, and Peace - Nowruz eh Shomah Mobarak!
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