شاد باشید که جشن مهرگان آمد بانگ و آوای ِدَرای ِکاروان آمد
Be happy Mehregan celebrations are here Call & song of caravan bells are here
Both poems in this blog are by Manuchehri Damghani, an 11th century Irani poet.
In Iran the equinoxes herald the seasons. The autumn equinox was on Wednesday 23rd of September for us in the northern hemisphere, and is known as Mehregan in Iran. Quite a different story for my sister in the antipodes!
This is the second year we Iranian food writers, bloggers, and teachers are posting a group recipe blog about Persian New Year. The links to my dear friends can be found at the bottom of this blog.
I’m quiet excited as I write this blog on a rainy autumnal day in Bath. This blog is part of a global Persian / Irani food bloggers recipe roundup. This is the second one we are doing, after the success of our Nowruz recipe roundup initiated by Sanam, of My Persian Kitchen.
In my last post, I mentioned I’d keep you up to date with my preparations for the celebration of Nowruz, and here I am with a quick update. Last week, I started the spring cleaning and also sprouted some lentils for the haft siin table (more in my next post), but in this post I’ll speak about Chaharshanbeh soori – چهارشنبه سوری – red Wednesday in Farsi and Akhir Chaharshanba – اخیر چهارشنبه – last Wednesday in Azeri. For millennia, the peoples of the Greater Iran region have built fires and jumped over them in a symbolic act of cleansing, change of fortune, and seeing the old year out, and new one in. I haven’t studied the origins of Chaharshanbeh soori to know for sure if it was Zoroastrian or a post Islamic Iran way of disrespecting fire (by jumping over it) and the superstition of Wednesday being lucky or unlucky. All I know is we all seem to enjoy gathering around a fire with loved ones and feel comforted in its glow and warmed by its energy.
I have been meaning to blog for at least a year but not got around to it. When Sanam of My Persian Kitchen asked me if I’d like to take part in an Irani New Year,or Nowruz, recipe roundup with fellow Irani food bloggers, I thought it seemed a very auspicious way to start. So, welcome everyone and merci Sanam jan.