Hello, lovely reader. Guess what? It’s Friday!! And I am heading home this weekend to spend some time with my little sister and my family before my weekends become crazy busy and I won’t have the luxury of weekends away.
So, as the title of this post suggests, I went to party last night! No, it wasn’t a wild, crazy party, and no, 2013 isn’t quite over yet. Yesterday evening, I celebrated Persian New Year’s!
Norooz, or Persian New Year’s, is an Iranian holiday that, according to that illustrious site named Wikipedia, lasts for thirteen days and dates back to the second century AD. It was originally a Zoroastrian holiday that marked the vernal equinox. Here is the article I’m referring to, if you’re interested!
Tulip and I made our way to Willard Straight Hall around about eight pm, talking about our futures and getting pretty pumped for delectable Iranian food (that we did not have to cook! Which, when you are cooking for yourself, is always a bonus.) The Willard Straight Memorial Room was the fullest I’d ever seen it, and all the tables were covered in bright red tablecloths and–more importantly–bowls of fruit and chocolate. They were just beginning to serve the food as we arrived, which was a relief, because Tulip and I did NOT want to miss it! (Do you get the sense that I’m in it for the food? Because if you do, I have done my job well, heehee.)
Anyways, Tulip and I grabbed some food and sat as far away from the throbbing speakers as we could (the music was quite happenin’ and all, but it made it difficult to talk). We met up with other friends quite by coincidence and had a nice time catching up after a busy first week back–my friend Patrick told me all about his ideas for a novel set in the Middle East and Violet and I discussed her idea for a skit about the trials and tribulations of a printer. There was also live music, which I love, anytime and anywhere! Someone played an Iranian lute, which the lovely internet tells me is called a tar, and there was a duo playing a harp-type thing, but more like a lap harp than anything else. I can’t find it online, so you all will just have to deal with the mystery.
Or better yet, go to the next Norooz celebration on campus! It was low-key and fun, and the food was pretty tasty (saffron rice! And stuffed grape leaves!! AND DID I MENTION THERE WAS CHOBANI YOGURT???!!). Anyways, I think my Thursday evening was well spent, but now I must depart for choir rehearsal. Happy Norooz and happy Friday to you all!