Sunday, March 9, 2008

Persian New Year

I'm quite busy preparing for my 49th birthday (Tuesday) and for my favorite holiday, "No Ruz," which is the Iranian New Year.

This week, Iranians all over the world are cleaning house, getting rid of all clutter, buying a new outfit, and preparing to invite friends on March 21.

We are throwing a joint birthday/No Ruz celebration this weekend.

Tuesday, March 18 is "Chahar Shanbe Souri," or the last Tuesday of the Persian year. On that night Iranians and friends of Iran will take part in the traditional fire jumping ceremony.

March 21st, the first day of spring, is the first day of the year, according to the Iranian calendar. My friend Rachel has offered to prepare the Haft Sihn Sofret, or the Table of Seven S's for our party.




So, clean your house, buy a new suit of clothes, then sprout your wheat seeds today. Consult your fire department if you plan to jump fires. If you know any Iranians, be sure to wish them "No Ruz Mobarak!" (Happy New Year!).

24 comments:

Lana Gramlich said...

*big hugs!* Happy birthday & New Year (& many more, of course!) Thanks for the info about it. The Celts engaged in fire jumping, as well (although more typically around the beginning of August.) Them crazy Indo-Europeans! ;)

Selma said...

I had no idea about the fire jumping. It's so interesting to hear about Persian tradition.
No Ruz Mobarak!

bobbie said...

No Ruz Mobarak!
And a very happy birthday, too!
Thank you so much. I love learning a little about traditions of other cultures. And, as always, your drawings were charming!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Happy birthday my colorful friend!

Look for a birthday greeting for you on Monkey-Scan.

Ginnie said...

Happy Birthday, Caroline. I think this will be "YOUR" year for sure. hugs, Ginnie

ellen said...

I wish you the happiest of birthdays and the most wonderful of New Years.
I also thank you from my heart for your words, your art and that I can learn about others.
We need to all be connected in love and caring, you help us to be that.

mon@rch said...

Happy Birthday and may this be your best year yet!

Sacred Suzie said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Spirit! I really hope you're having a fantastic birthday and agree with you that it's time to clean house and sweep out the winter and buy new clothes and begin anew.

T.R. said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for coloring our world. You bring a joy and beauty to life that is much appreciated.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday--your site is so much fun to visit. No Ruz Mobarak!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday, Crayons! I came here from T.R.'s site. This is my first visit and I like your style!

Mary

Sandpiper said...

Happy Birthday! I love your drawings and I enjoy your blog so much!

quintarantino said...

Congratulations.
Or as we say in Portugal "parabéns!"

Marlena D. on Long Island said...

Crayons,
I celebrate your life. Thanks for all the colors and fun drawings that you share. I think you are just mah-velous.

No Ruz Mobarak!

Tammy said...

Carolyn - Happy Birthday! I hadn't found my way to your new blog until I saw a comment of yours on Suzie's blog! I love seeing your wonderful drawings again!

Marie Walden said...

Beautiful artwork and fantastic blog. Happy birthday to you! I look forward to visiting you often!

MojoMan said...

OK, now I'm confused. I was told Iranians were part of the Axis of Evil. How can they also be happy, hopeful people with joyful celebrations and dreams of happy new years? Could it be...I'm just wondering out loud here...that we aren't getting the whole story? Could it be that the Iranian people aren't getting the whole truth about us?

Crayons said...

Hah Mojoman!
Good point. That made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

"I had no idea about the fire jumping. It's so interesting to hear about Persian tradition.
No Ruz Mobarak!" -Selma

I agree. I assume the fire jumping symbolises the transition from the old year to the new year.

Happy Birthday,Carolyn.

DavidM

Suzy said...

May I bring you a goldfish for your birthday?

Durand said...

A very happy birthday to you. And a very interesting post. I always learn something new here!

Selma said...

Hope your birthday was really special. I meant to come back and wish you many happy returns on the day but ended up falling ill. Thank you so much for all your wonderful art. You give a gift to your readers every time we visit!

kate smudges said...

Belated No Ruz Mobarak!! I haven't been keeping up with my blog reading and so I've missed your 49th birthday. Happy Belated Birthday too ... I love the way you are using more colour in your drawings.

KerrdeLune said...

Happy birthday and Happy "No Ruz", Caroline and many more of them to you. Here's hoping that the coming year is yours!