Discovering Traditions: Novruz – Spring festival in Azerbaijan by Dr Gulara Vincent

Discovering Tradition

The 21st of March marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. Today, I am happy to welcome back Gulara Vincent for this lovely guest contribution to Discovering Traditions, you can find her previous guest post here, and an overview of this blog’s guest posts here.


Novruz – Spring festival in Azerbaijan by Dr Gulara Vincent

Novruz is the spring festival dearly loved and widely celebrated in Azerbaijan (and many other countries too). When I was a child, it was not an official holiday. The Soviet Union disapproved of my country’s fire-worshipping and pagan festivities. People kept it going for seven decades though. In 1993, it became an official holiday in a newly-independent Azerbaijan.

Although Novruz is celebrated on 20-21 March, the spring festival begins a month in advance. First, all households had a massive spring clearing. We washed everything: bedding, windows, walls, expensive dishes displayed in cupboards, candelabras and floors. We also cleared rugs and carpets, mended clothes and made or bought new ones. New trees were planted and gardens were tidied up. Families visited their dead relatives’ graveyards to pay their respects. Continue reading “Discovering Traditions: Novruz – Spring festival in Azerbaijan by Dr Gulara Vincent”

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Weekend Coffee Share – 19 March 2016

If we were having coffee, then we would probably be having tea. Currently, I am drinking some Pu-ehr. But I would gladly make us some nice Bai Mu Dan (white tea), at the moment this is my favourite. Once you have made the choice of beverage, I also have water or milk, we’d settle down around my living room table for a nice chat.

Solveig's Mug If we were having coffee, then I would ask you how you are doing. So, how are you? I have been quite absent from the blogosphere in a while, and am glad to catch up at last! Did you write a must read post over the last 2 months that I did not read? Then let me know, and I will try to do the necessary catching up.

If we were having coffee, then you might ask me where I have been all this time, well I did write a few posts this week and in the beginning of the month I did write about why I have been so absent. Now, I am slowly getting my life back on a new track and that includes being a very active and productive blogger! Continue reading “Weekend Coffee Share – 19 March 2016”