Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Norooz!

Another spring!

Last year, I managed to set a colorful table.
This year, I could not!
I offer the following excuses:

1) Leni, my 4 years old gold fish died, of old age perhaps.
2) My car has been stuck in snow and it was freez-raining today and thus I could not even buy flowers.

My husband still set a haft-seen: seer (garlic), Sekeh (coins), Somagh (sumac), Seeb (Apple), Senjed (no clue what it is in English), Sabzeh (wheat sprouts) and Sonbol (hyacinth). I also have a mirror and sweets and roasted nuts on the table. I didn't have time to paint eggs; or to bake home made cookies.

Nevertheless, I made Ash-reshteh, and I cooked Sabzipolo and Mahi (herb-rice and fish), and I was with those I love most.

We did some spring cleaning, far from thorough, but a gesture counts!
I wore something new!
And, I wrote to my friends!
Our new year festivities are not commercial, so no need to buy gifts for anyone!

Equinox won't be before almost two hours; and I won't be able to stay up till then. So, I wish to welcome the spring with a nice poem from Alexandre Pushkin:

In alien lands I keep the body
Of ancient native rites and things:
I gladly free a little birdie
At celebration of the spring.

I'm now free for consolation,
And thankful to almighty Lord:
At least, to one of his creations
I've given freedom in this world!

P.S. I don't have a bird to liberate, but I have allowed a little squirrel to nest in our balcony; in spite of the damage she is doing and teh mess she is making!


Zeinobia said...

Happy Norooz , we are also celebrating in Egypt now the Prophet Mohammed "PBUH" Birthday :)

Hydra said...

happy new year, and thanks for the comment you left a while back on my blog. I guess what really matters is starting the new year with your loved ones, or at least with their memory. all other rituals are, at the end of the day, just rituals.

Bea said...

Happy Norooz to everyone in Iran, may everybody have a peaceful and prosperous new year!

Naj said...

Merci a tous! :)

David G said...

Ah, Naj, hope this year is good for you and your special people.

I am gravely concerned by the possibility of what Emperor George might do. I mean, electing a horse to the U.S. Senate is unheard of!

I fear for Iran. Take care!

Larry said...

Enjoy this time Naj.

Sophia said...

Happy norooz to you and your husband dear Naj.

Pedestrian said...

I came across your blog via "Forever Under Construction" ... Great site!

And Happy 1387!

Naj said...

Wish everyone's spring's warmer than mine :)

David said...

Hi Naj, I know I am more than a week late, but I wish you a Happy Norooz! :) I hope this new year will be a good one for you.