Bringing in the New Year in Mazar-e-Sharif

Blue_Mosque_in_Mazar-e-Sharif

During our New Year’s week—the spring equinox—we have some very old traditional programs for Mazar people.

Nowruz

spring-with-butterfly

Nowruz brings the warm spring,
making everywhere green and beautiful as paradise
New life starts

Nowruz

nowruz table

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.