Happy Nowruz from Israel

Nowruz is a great time of the year. Its the first day of Spring and the start of a new Iranian year. It brings back so many happy childhood memories.

There are so many things I want to wish for the coming year.

End of hostilities and peace between Iran and Israel is one of my biggest wishes.

At this moment it may sound far fetched, but I am not giving up hope. As we say in Persian:

در نا امیدی بسی امید است پایان شب سیه سپید است

Translation: There is hope in hopelessness, dawn is at the end of the dark night

Meanwhile here is a great musical video about the special table which Iranians prepare for the new year and what it signifies.

Happy new year everyone. Next Nowruz in Tehran: amen.

Happy Nowruz + how to tell the difference between Persians and Arabs

There are numerous methods which you can use to tell the difference between an Arab and a Persian

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Nowruz.

May this year bring all mankind peace, health and prosperity.

I have lots of good memories from Nowruz in Iran.

One of them was school being closed for 2 weeks. Oh God, that was amazing. Imagine having all the Jewish holidays off school + Nowruz + all Muslim holidays. French union workers looked like a bunch of overworked workaholics next to us.

The other was sharing jokes with friends and cousins.

I would like to continue with this tradition by sharing one of my favorite comedy sketches of all time with you.

Happy Nowruz everyone.

Oh and before I forget, much like the Jews in exile always say “next year in Jerusalem” during their Passover meal, we say “next year in Iran”. Can I have a hearty Amen for that?