Project 365: Day 263 – Iranian Nowruz in Warsaw


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.
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Nowruz celebrations in Warsaw, poland

 

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.

 

 

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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