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Persian New Year Fun
April 1, 2000

Goodbye to gray storms and snowy nights, and hello to sunny blue skies and fresh flowers! We've left Turkey's cold winter behind and entered Iran...and what a beautiful time of year to enter! We've arrived in time for Iran's biggest National holiday: No Ruz-the Persian New Year!

Unlike our New Year, which begins during the cold dark days of the winter, the Iranian New Year always begins on the first day of spring.

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It's a favorite time of year for Iranians, a time when families and friends get together for big feasts and celebrations, and kids don't have to go to school for two whole weeks. Our new friends Hadi, Louie, and Amir, have invited us to spend the holidays with their families.

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Families use No Ruz as an occasion to gain a fresh new start, so the weeks leading to No Ruz are weeks of spring cleaning and planting of gardens. Families make new clothes and bake pastries, like the yummy cookies we ate at Amir's house. His mom also had a tray of soggy seeds sitting on the kitchen counter, that I later found out were baby wheat berry seeds.

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Goldfish and wheat grass are part of another tradition of No Ruz. Every family prepares a special table during No Ruz. Instead of Christmas Trees, Iranians decorate this table full of beautiful festive things for their holiday. Each family decorates their tables differently. Most No Ruz tables also include at least one beautiful, bright new goldfish, some candles and a mirror to reflect the light and goodness of the candles in hopes of a bright new year.

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In addition to goldfish and grass, we've also noticed a lot of shiny, colorful Easter eggs for sale on the street. Easter eggs in Iran?! Actually, they look just like Easter Eggs, but here they're considered No Ruz eggs. Here in Iran, colored eggs are also placed on the No Ruz table and mothers will eat one cooked egg for every child she has. Hadi's wife, Faribo, got to eat 2 eggs this No Ruz! Hotan, their new baby boy, was just born 2 weeks ago, and Eva finally has a little sibling to play with!

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Ahhhh....these past few days relaxing and celebrating with Hadi and his family have really been wonderful. The sun has been shining, and today the tree in the courtyard started to open its first blooms, as
if to say, "Happy No Ruz!" As the weather starts to warm up and we awaken out of our winter sleep, let's all join nature in making a fresh start, full of hope and joy for the coming year.

Kavitha p.s. - Please e-mail me at ...kavitharao@bigfoot.com
 




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