March 16 to March 22, 2009
Presentations, Folk Dance and Music, Novruz Tour, Novruz celebration
What is Novruz?
“Novruz bayrami” is the oldest holiday of Azerbaijan which is literally translated as “holiday of spring” and it is celebrated on 20-21st of March every year when the nature is waking up and new life is initiated. Before the actual day of the holiday, people celebrate the four last pre-holiday Tuesdays. They are told to be celebrated as a good-bye to the Old year and a welcoming of the upcoming New Year. They are called: Su Chershenbesi (Tuesday of Water), Od Chershenbesi (Tuesday of Fire), Yel Chershenbesi (Tuesday of Wind) and Torpag Chershenbesi” (Tuesday of Earth).
On the last Tuesday before Novruz people light bonfires and jump over them, as in similar spring festivities in Europe. As a rule during holidays the doors are not locked and all the families are glad to welcome guests. Several things are used to symbolize the occasion and the most popular in Azerbaijan is sprouted wheat , which is grown in a small vase and placed in a prominent place in the house, such as a table center (the vase with the wheat is called ’semeni’).
Novruz in Baku 2008
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