We have a friend who is originally from Iran, where they observe New Years on the first day of spring—this year on March 19. We’ve celebrated with her many times at parties that usually include leaping over bonfires. But the Persian custom I love most involves growing a small dish of wheatgrass or other seeds in anticipation of the New Year.
By the equinox it becomes a 2-inch tall patch of bright green, which is called sabzeh and used to decorate the table or give to friends. It symbolizes the greening and rebirth of the earth after the bleakness of winter.
Nothing makes more sense to me than taking our cues from Mother Nature and celebrating the new year as spring begins. Even though we’ve had a mild, sunny winter … Read More