Editor’s note: Tuesday, March 20th, is the start of Nowruz, Afghanistan’s New Year and the first day of spring. Typically families gather at tables set with specially prepared foods and enjoy the outdoors.
Nowruz brings the warm spring,
making everywhere green and beautiful as paradise
New life starts
Flowers are growing, snow is melting.
Mud will go away, and soon turn to dust
We have haft mewa—seven fruits—on the first day of the new year
People cook seven dishes
Nowruz is the starting day of Allah bringing happiness and beauty
And the harbinger of freshness and new things.
Nature’s excuse for finding beauty and becoming beautiful
When Nowruz starts, life starts anew
Like restarting your old life’s computer with new windows.
By the Kabul writers