21st March 2015 – Warsaw, Poland
Its only been 9 months for me, not even a full calendar year, I am sorely afraid. But in the most unexpected of places, I delve Into a new year. Lot of mirth, and songs were played.
One of my friends in Warsaw, invited me to a Nowruz gathering in town today. And so, I went.
Nowruz is the new year day for the Iranian calendar, and is annually celebrated on the eve of the northward equinox on March 21st, when the night and day are exactly at the same proportion.
Turns out that Warsaw did have a sizeable Iranian population. Or, if not Iranian, population from those countries/regions, where they celebrated Nowruz. This included people from the Istan countries of central asia, Georgians, Azerbaijanis and even the Uyghur community of China.
Overall, it was a pretty eye-opening experience, first seeing the Haft sin, the traditional nowruz table decked with a variety of stuff, all of them beginning with the letter ‘s’ in the Persian alphabet. And then came the dances and songs. There were dances from at least 4 or 5 different cultural regions, including Afghanistan. And some very soulful music too.