BAKU: Novruz is the 3,000-year-old festival begins on the first day of the year in the Iranian calendar, and is also called as celebration of spring. It is being celebrated on the vernal equinox, March 20-21 – the beginning of the astronomical New Year.
Azerbaijani people celebrate four pre-holiday Tuesdays before spring festival. Each Tuesday is dedicated to the awakening of one of the nature’s elements: Su Chershenbesi (Water Tuesday), Od Chershenbesi (Fire Tuesday) Hava Chershenbesi (Wind Tuesday) and Torpaq Chershenbesi (Earth or Last Tuesday).
On Novruz, each family light the number of torches on their house's roof corresponding to the number of the family members. Everyone in the family should jump over the burning fire saying a special spell. Then young people should pour ash somewhere in the outskirts of the village or a road.
All families gather at home and enjoy delicious traditional pastries like shekerbura, pakhlava and shor gogal.
Each of the sweets baked for Novruz has a symbolic meaning. Pakhlava represents the four parts of the world; gogal symbolizes the sun, shakarbura – the moon, while the eggs painted for Novruz are a symbol of life.
About 300 million people across the world are celebrating Persian New Year - or Nowruz.
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