Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Last Saturday we celebrated the Iranian New Year, Nowruz at Finnish composer Toivo Kuula's old summer house in Lappeenranta.


Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian calendar. It usually occurs on March 21, on the day of astronomical vernal equinox. The celebration usually means a lot of food and dancing to Persian techno.

It's a tradition to have a table of "sin", objects, which start with the Persian S symbolizing something. For example an apple is beauty and health and vinegar is age and patience.

Sometimes there might be a bowl of water with a goldfish= life within life. Three times I've taken the goldfish as a pet. They were called Pikachu, Silgo and Goldeen. Pikachu being my first pet ever, we didn't have food for him during the first day, so I put some cookie bits in the bowl and was happy that he was still alive the next morning!

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