I am fascinated by the Persian New Year, which is vibrantly celebrated in North and West Vancouver. There is a thriving Persian community on this shore, many of whom provide emotional and practical care for elderly family members, friends, and loved ones.
Last year I attended an outdoor Nooruz celebration, where I was mesmerized by people jumping over the flames of fire for a fresh start to the year, saying , “Zardi- ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye oh az man!” While my friend and I joyfully danced to live music, I truly felt a part of the compelling richness in this ancient and beloved tradition.
Enjoy reading this article about the background of Nooruz and what the Haft seen table means. Maybe you’ll even notice some of the beautifully decorated haft seen tables in your local shops and community centres.
Happy New Year and let us welcome the inspiration of spring!