Novruz is one of my very favorite holidays. It is the Islamic New Year. It’s actually a month long holiday with celebrations on all of the Wednesdays leading up to the equinox. There is a week for each element – wind, water, earth and fire. Novruz is a wonderful celebration all about life, hope, birth and Spring!
One of the things I love most about Novruz is jumping over a fire. When you jump over a fire three times you say, Ağırlıgım- uğurluğum bu odda qalsın! which basically means, All my troubles, fall in the fire! It’s a way of starting the New Year fresh – none of the bad things that happened in the old year will follow you through the fire. I love that.
Another great part of Novruz is the food! Azerbaijanis go all out for their Novruz feast! There’s plov, dovğa, pakhlava, dolma, şəkərbura and much more! It’s wonderful. Our host family treated us while we were there and we’ve made it a tradition to treat our friends to a Novruz feast every year – this year’s the 2nd Annual!