Friday, March 27, 2009

speaking of beginnings and spring...



there's this nifty event going on this sunday. it's interfaith. it's environment. that makes it pretty awesome, right? and you the reader must know by now that just about anything awesome in the district has 'dc green muslims' written allll over it- or at least, in this case, written in the list of co-sponsors :) we certainly cannot take credit for this event but we *love* it and wish to be a part of it.

if i might say so, i think they've picked a great time for the event- a sunday evening! so go ahead- you know you want to. i'll be there. info is below, find the link, register, and we'll see you there :-)





Oh and YES, there's more info at the link. Spread the word, bring a friend.

The Link (for those wary of embeds):
https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/602/event/checkOut.jsp?event_KEY=47013

Friday, March 20, 2009

New Beginings~



Happy first day of Spring everyone!!
This also happens to be the Persian New Year, as Mr. Obama acknowledged...It was definitely a new experience to hear "Eideh shoma mobarak" from the president.

Traditionally, Iranians have a special table spread to mark this occasion. Besides the Qur'an, mirror, and candles, that represent light and the remembrance of God, they have at least seven symbolic items that all begin with the letter seen:

sabzi: grass that they have been growing for the last 3 weeks from lentil or barley seeds
seer: garlic
sekkeh: gold coins
serkeh: vinegar
sib: apples
senjed: dried fruit of a lotus tree
sonbol: hyacinth flowers--the smell is instant spring!

There's a whole bunch of other items to include as well, and a traditional dish of smoked fish and sabzi polo (rice cooked with fresh green herbs) to eat with the family. To me, this is a nice tradition but all of these things are secondary compared to the sheer joy of walking outside and seeing GREEN instead of GREY, of being reminded of the miracle of rebith and growth within ourselves and around us.