Happy New Persian Year! It’s the New Year in the Persian calendar! So obviously today is the first day of the New Year, isn’t it? Well… I’m afraid it is not as simple as that…

Today, Monday, is actually the last day of the old year. Tomorrow, Tuesday, will be the first day of the new year. BUT, in our calendar, the official turn of the year is at the exact time of spring equinox, that is to say, 11:28:40 this morning. So I am now in a strange time space, a “temporal paradox” where I am no longer in the old year, but not yet in the new year! Or to be more exact, I am both in the old year and in the new year.

You see, in Iran, unlike many western country, the turn of the year is not at midnight, but at the exact moment when we pass from one year to another, which can be a time on the last day of the old year or a time on the first day of the new year. This year, for example, the turn of the year was at 11:28:40 on the 30th of Esfand, that is to say, the last day of the last month of the year in Persian calendar, but some years it can be late in the evening on the 1st day of the new year, so in the morning of that day, you are in the new year, because it is the 1st of Farvardin, that is to say, the first day of the first month of the year, while, at the same time, you haven’t reached the turn of the year yet, so it is not exactly the new year yet! Complicated? Tell us something we do not already know about our culture and our traditions! 😉

Anyway, as the turn of year happened to be on a Monday this year, I decided to invite my friends, many of whom are members of this website, over to celebrate the Persian New Year (Nôruz) together, on Saturday evening, on Sunday evening and on Monday noon.

And I would like to thank all those friends who joined me for this happy occasion, around Persian music and French music, while tasting Iranian delicacies, such as senjed, samanu, âjil, and of course not drinking at all (or drinking in moderation)… 😉