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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring Hath Come

What can be more primeval than the rebirth of Nature. In the Region where the Letter, the Agriculture and Religion were born, Man even before those had celebrated the budding festival of spring, for it was the to cultivate crops, tend animals ready to mate and collect berries and flowers

Thus I claim that Novruz is the oldest celebration known to Humanity. It is for all of us who live in the Middle East and Central Asia - the region where Spring is the best season of all.

Everyone claims with equal validity that Nowruz is theirs to cherish: Zoroastrians, Muslims, Bahais and Alawites. In reality it is as close to the Men's Natural Religion as the day could be. It is just the First Day of Spring, a day when not a single vice and wretchedness is celebrated, but Ours and Nature's Maker is worshipped - The One who made it all possible for us - to breathe, to sing and to make merry.

Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز, various local pronunciations and spellings) is the traditional Iranian new year holiday celebrated by Iranian, Turkic and many other peoples in West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring in northern hemisphere), which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday, it is also a holy day for adherents of Sufism and the Bahá'í Faith.[1] In Iran it is also referred to as an Eid festival, although it is not an Islamic feast. Alawites and Nizari Ismailis also celebrate Nowruz.[2] The term Nowruz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (Shahanshah) of Persia on Nowruz.[3]

4 comments:

Riri said...

Happy Novruz!

NoolaBeulah said...

Festival of generation and procreation. I've done my part. Have you?

Hazar Nesimi said...

Procreation has not been my strongest point up to now.

Regards

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