Context & Culture

Happy Nawruz! A blessed year 1395 to our readers


The hoisting of the janda (religious flag) at the Shrine in Mazar-e Sharif during the Nawruz celebration (Photo: Thomas Ruttig 2005)

The hoisting of the janda (religious flag) at the Shrine in Mazar-e Sharif during the Nawruz celebration (Photo: Thomas Ruttig 2005)

Dear readers and friends,

the AAN team wishes you a blessed, healthy and hopefully more peaceful Afghan year 1395. This year spring has come early and many trees are already in full bloom. But this is no reason to abandon the tradition of getting some pink tulips from the north, Afghanistan’s new year flowers, to mark the beginning of spring and the awakening of the gardens.  Enjoy the flowers along with these Nawruz poems:

که یو ګل و ماته راکړې د خپل باغ// خدای د تا ترو تازه لري تر باغ

نور باغونه د نوروز به ورځ غوړېږي// پر اهاړ کړي غوړېده د کابل باغ

If you give me a flower from your garden

May God keep you fresher than the garden (flowers)

Other gardens blossom only during Nawruz

The gardens of Kabul blossom even in scorching heat

(Khushhal Khan Khatak)

سال و فال و مال و حال و اصل و نسل و تخت و بخت//بادت اندر شهریاری برقراروبر دوام

سال خرم فال نیکو مال وافر حال خوش//اصل ثابت نسل باقی تخت عالی بخت رام

May your year, your fortune, your origin, your generation,

your throne, your luck continue to flourish in your majestic kingdom.

May you be blessed with a merry year, divine omens, plenty of goods

and a happy mood, a noble origin, the continuation of your

generation, a high throne, and tamed fate

(Hafiz)

A merry-go-round for children during a Nawruz fair in Mazar-e Sharif in 2008 (Photo: Thomas Ruttig)

A merry-go-round for children during a Nawruz fair in Mazar-e Sharif in 2008 (Photo: Thomas Ruttig)

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