Nowruz means new day, and people who live in different provinces of Afghanistan have different customs to celebrate this first day of spring.

People who live in the capital of Afghanistan work very hard for the coming of Nowruz by washing all their rugs and everything around their house. They interpret this as a sign of cleanliness and the discarding of filthiness, dirt, and suffering.

They start Nowruz with a new life without any sorrow or horror, but with peace. The people always buy new clothes and visit their families.

Our family celebrates by cooking spinach on the first night of Nowruz, which is March 20, so we will have a green and clean environment during the coming year.

On the first night of Nowruz we put spinach, red apples, honey, boiled eggs, garlic, and candles on our dinner table. The apple’s red color means we will have success in our work; honey is the sign of amiability in our relations, boiled eggs are the sign of abundance, garlic is the sign of family health, and a candle is the sign of light in our lives.

Each year I feel passionate about the coming of Nowruz. But this year was even better than usual. I love to have a sunny Nowruz. I woke up early and when I opened my eyes, the golden sun was shining on my bed forcing me to wake up and smell the fragrance of spring. The day was warm and it gave me a feeling of hope for the coming year.

It seems that whenever I wish for something, it will happen for me, so I know I will have a wonderful year!

By Fariba