Wednesday, March 21, 2007

vernal equinox

At 8:07pm last night (EDT), the sun crossed the Earth’s equator, marking the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere, and the beginning of the Persian new year (or Noruz). Having spent some of my childhood in Iran, my mind today is filled today with images of markets abundant with bowls of goldfish, pots of sabzeh (wheat or lentil sprouts), bunches of hyacinth, brightly colored eggs, and sumac berries ~ several of the traditional components of the haft seen table. Even though it is cold and grey in Washington today, I can feel a little spring in my heart.
(top image: Shadi Bahar; bottom image via Wikipedia)

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