Friday, March 27, 2009

Bayramımız Mübarək: Şənlik

It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally here! Novruz Bayramı!

Since I got to this country, everyone and their grandmother has been telling me about Novruz. At first, they all made it sound an awful lot like Easter - a secularly religious holiday with a whole lot of tradition and cultural past times thrown in - and it is. It even has Easter-esq aspects: candy giving, egg coloring, fire jumping - well, that’s not really Easter-esq...

Anyway, Novruz has a bit of everything: trick-or-treating, egg coloring, family gatherings, spring break, fortune telling (by the way of marriage predictions), fire jumping, dancing, intense sugar consumption...

So far, it is my favorite holiday in country - and since it lasts for the next 2 weeks, get ready for a slew of Novruz posts!

P.S. These pictures are from the rockin’ Novruz party Zaqatala had last week!