Tatiana Garakani is from Iran.
She is studying at Columbia University in New York City and she came to visit
us from the Global Classroom program at Metro International. Meeting
people from other countries is really great and today was fantastic.
We celebrated Norooz, which is the Iranian New Year. It is on the first day of spring, so this year it was on March 20. It is their year 1380 because it is from a lunar calendar that was started by Omar Khyam. He was a famous poet and an astronomer. In those days Iran was called Persia. The calendar is based on the cycles of the moon but the people in Iran also use our solar calendar which is based on the sun and starts on January 1.
They have a two week holiday when their
new year comes. First they celebrate the end of winter and the start
of warm weather by jumping over a fire. They bang on pots and pans to chase
out bad spirits. They go to each house and ask for sweet treats to eat.
The holiday of Halloween came from these customs.
We celebrate Easter in the spring.
It is a time of rebirth when the plants and flowers start to grow again.
For Norooz, the Iranians sprout seeds, and we did it too. Two weeks
before Tatiana came we brought lentils to class. We watered them every
day and they opened and roots and stems started to come out.
They also boil eggs and color them like
Easter eggs. In our holiday and theirs the eggs are a symbol of fertility
because new life comes from them.
Learn more about Norooz at this web site:
The Global Classroom Program at Metro International
Mr. Gary Greenberg, Teacher
Public School 241
976 President Street
Brooklyn, New York 11225 USA