Friday, March 25, 2005

Persian New Year

Norooz from National Geographic

Nowruz celebrations began on Tuesday night marking what's known as Wednesday Eve which is the spring equinox. They will continue until April 1, the 13th day of spring.

Persians typically gather around bonfires and the young jump over fires as they chant the Persian phrase, "Give me your beautiful red color/Take back my sickly pallor." This ritual is supposed to clean the body of illness, bad feelings, etc, getting rid of the unhealthy things and picking up the warmth, the glow, of the fire," Afkhami, the Foundation for Iranian Studies director, said.
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