Peter and I were out and about today; we took an uber to go for Peter’s physio at the Royal Free Hospital.
Our Uber driver was really chatty. After talking about the weather, we told him that it would be the first day of spring tomorrow, 20 March.
He mentioned that it would be an important day for him tomorrow. In fact he will be taking a few days off beginning tomorrow.
He said it is Persian New Year.
He further elaborated that the first day of the New Year is spent visiting friends and relatives who are older than the visitors. Parents, older brother, older sister, uncles, aunties, etc.
On the second day, it would be the turn of the younger ones, especially the children, who gets presents, usually money. So it would be normal to see Iranians handing out fiver or tenner to children during the next few days.
I asked him how to wish someone a Persian New Year. He said carefully, Nowruz Mubarak. I repeated it and he was very impressed. 🙂
So wishing you all a Nowruz Mubarak.
He said that a lot of pomegranates will be on offer as well as recipes with saffron. There will be a lot of sweet things like cakes and biscuits.
He mentioned a funny thing, he said that they even have a version of Santa Clause during the New Year celebration. Interesting!
The family get-together will happen during the weekend for grand eating out or dining in.
He said that in Iran that new year festivities usually last for a good couple of weeks.
Happy Persian New Year to you all!