A wonderful Persian client just brought me a huge plate of deeeeelicious cookies. I’d include a picture but I ate them.
The cookies were a gift in observation of Naw-Ruz.
Like the ancient Persian New Year, which is also called Naw-Ruz, the Baha’i New Year, too, occurs on
March 21, the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Drawing inspiration from the Baha’i Writings, Carlos Santana, from his multi-Grammy award-winning album “Supernatural” sings “Primavera” (“Spring”):
“Similar to Thanksgiving in the United States, everyone joins in regardless of affiliation, a greater ideal unites across ideological lines and families spend time together. Naw-Ruz is the only holiday celebrated by all Persians, of every religious background, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha’i or of no religion.”
Naw-Ruz is also a cultural holiday in India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
This beginning of spring portends a spiritual promise:
“…the spiritual bounty and springtime of God quicken the world of humanity with a new animus and vivification.
All the virtues which have been deposited and potential in human hearts are being revealed from that Reality as flowers and blossoms from divine gardens.
It is a day of joy, a time of happiness, a period of spiritual growth.
I beg of God that this divine spiritual civilization may have the fullest impression and effect upon you.
May you become as growing plants.
May the trees of your hearts bring forth new leaves and variegated blossoms.
May ideal fruits appear from them in order that the world of humanity, which has grown and developed in material civilization, may be quickened in the bringing forth of spiritual ideals.” Baha’i Writings,
A lovely demonstration of the universal appeal of this holiday is seen in this video clip from families all over the world wishing Happy Naw-Ruz!:
Just as Santana sings those words about Spring, inspired by the promise of a new era, and a divine springtime, the Naw-Ruz holiday is building a growing universal appeal.
Happy New Year!