We talked about all the things that Narges missed about Iran… her friends, her school; especially her uncles, but also all the celebrations.
“In Iran we used to party more, like big parties, a lot of people.” She talked about Eid and explained “it means party, as in celebration.” She told of how everyone would get “really really excited, especially the kids,” when they celebrated the New Year, the biggest celebration in Iran.
In Iran, the New Year is not celebrated on January 1, it’s celebrated when Winter finishes and Spring starts, and since Winter in Iran is so cold, “everyone is really excited just to have nice weather… and all the trees will have blossoms.”
“We all sit on the ground, we have a mat… I have it here – pictured. My mum made this when she was 15, when she just got married. You just put it on the ground, and the whole family sits around. When you go to an elders house, like my grandmother, we sit all around it. And we put fruits, donuts, sweet cakes, like yummy stuff, chocolate, and a big mirror – they believe in [the] mirror; if they put the mirror they will have a year full of honesty. No lies. And the Koran, our religious book.”