Bits and Pieces from Here and There

Iranian Nowrooz celebrated in June 12 instead of March 21

Iranian Nowrooz celebrated in June instead of March

Typical decorations

Typical decorations

Iranian Music and Dance

Iranian Music and Dance

June, the Month of Supporting Gay and Lesbian Rights

June, the Month of Supporting Gay and Lesbian Rights

Duke the Lizard; 11 Weeks

Duke the Lizard; 11 Weeks

Duke the Lion; 11 Weeks

Duke the Lion; 11 Weeks

Duke the Teddy Bear; 10 weeks

Duke the Teddy Bear; 10 weeks

JD; my daughter’s Pomeranian who loves cigarettes

JD; my daughter’s Pomeranian who loves cigarettes

And finally a film that is worth watching both in English and Arabic versions.

Note: If you’re not able to watch the film here click the links at the bottom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9-k7wtS3bg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&feature=channel

Enjoy

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. شرقاوي
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 17:05:16

    Nowrooz is being celebrated in June?

    What next? The sun will rise due south?

    Seriously, why?

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  2. AyyA
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 23:34:07

    Sweet Sharqawi
    Actually, I asked one of the American / Iranian students, who was also one of the organizers the same question. She replied that Nowrooz is associated with weather change more than having any other historical meaning. It’s a new earth, new life, the time of change in it’s essence. She said “as you know the beautiful summer of California starts officially June 2nd ( or somewhere close to that date), so for us who live on this side of the globe Nowrooz is the sprit that is associated with weather change.” And she is right the weather now just changed here and it’s beautiful in this respect.
    Well, she has a point, No?

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  3. شرقاوي
    Jun 19, 2009 @ 01:44:30

    This is interesting.

    I have associated Nawrooz with the Spring equinox. Also, the “Shamsi-Hijri” calendar starts on March 21.

    At any rate, whatever is felt in the heart, the mind is sure to react and follow.

    It is good to see a departure from “culture & tradition”. Whatever that means.

    🙂

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  4. AyyA
    Jun 20, 2009 @ 20:07:40

    Sharqawi
    “It is good to see a departure from “culture & tradition”. Whatever that means.”
    It seems to me, as a distant observer that the departure, or at least the urge for the departure from “culture & tradition” is genuine and is spread, not only within Iranian/American new generation, but also in the youth within the boarders of Iran itself.
    The world today has no boarders, remember!
    Btw; these pictures were taken on June 12th.

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  5. شرقاوي
    Jun 21, 2009 @ 20:38:19

    It makes sense. March can be wet and cold.

    In the northrern European countries the Summer solstice is the day of renewal.

    St. John’s Eve, June 23, is celebrated with bonfires. Pagan ritual that has survived, under a different name.

    As for the events in Iran, it seems that every generation, or so, there has been popular unrest: the constitutional revolution of 1906, the overthrow of the Qajar dynasty in 1925, the Mussadaq uprising of the 1950s, the Khomeini revolution of 1979, and now.

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  6. AyyA
    Jun 22, 2009 @ 21:21:12

    Sharqawi
    It seems to me that this revolution is of a different kind.
    🙂

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  7. The Don ®
    Jun 23, 2009 @ 17:47:50

    you still smoke??????????? :(((

    Reply

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