Nowruz is the celebration of the awakening of nature..

March 20th is a very special day for all Persians, Azaris and the Persian diaspora. On this day we celebrate the Persian NewYear, Nowruz. Nowruz is the celebration of the awakening of nature. We welcome spring with sparkling clean houses and a new set of clothes. We set a table Haft Seen (, We fill our homes with hyacinths and daffodils, colored eggs, and sweet treats.

This is a fabulous holiday as It is a secular one and is enjoyed by people of different faiths, dating back over 3,000 years. Nowruz is the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year. Traditionally, families gather around the Haft Seen table at this moment and wait for its arrival no matter what time of the day or night it might be.

One of many rituals/traditions for the New Year is that families and friends visit each other's homes during the first 12 days of the spring. Starting by paying respects to the elders of the family and eventually getting to the younger members of the community. On the 13th day everyone leaves their homes and basically the whole country would be out on a picnic. I kid you not! When Papa was still with us, he was the patriarch of the family so our family home was the first to be visited. Mama of course would insist that everyone would stay for dinner, and this sometimes could be a hundred guests.

One of my favorite dishes Mama used to serve was herbed rice with saffron cabbage #2. Cabbage takes a whole new life when it is doused in saffron and lemon. And basil and basmati rice to that and how could you go wrong, right? #4 This weeks bowl is a take on Aush-e-reshteh- Traditionally Aush-e-reshteh is a thick and heavy soup. We decided to deconstruct it and lighten it up, make it GF and Vegetarian and serve it similar to a Buddha bowl. #6 I think Mama must have made this one up as I can not find a recipe in any cook books or websites. It was my favorite thing to have after getting home from school. She would scramble some eggs in it and drizzle it with yogurt. Sometimes as a sandwich and sometimes Lavash bread on the side. YUM! Happy Spring! Happy Nowruz!

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