It’s Nowruz today.
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated amongst Iranians, Afghans, Kurds and others.
Below is my take on the Nowruz table, which needs to have 7 things beginning with S (Haft Sin). Mine is basically made up of anything I could get my hands on. There’s a wooden fish rather than goldfish and a flytrap plant my son got at a birthday party rather than Sabzi (ours is looking too pathetic to photograph).
By the way, Nowruz is a celebration that predates Islam and there has been a constant battle between the public and the regime with regards celebrating it. The regime even once tried to ban it but no one bothered to listen. The last Wednesday of the year – Chaharshanbeh Suri – which was last night and is a fire festival is also a source of great displeasure making these celebrations all the more important and fun!
Happy New Year!
And as all Iranians say (well the sane ones at least): may this be the first year without the Islamic regime in Iran!