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Novruz in Azerbaijan

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A 1996 Azerbaijani postage stamp issued for Novruz.

Azerbaijan is a country where national traditions are well preserved. One of the oldest traditions of Azerbaijani people is the celebration of Novruz and is a cherished holiday of a New Year and spring.

Preparations for Novruz start long before the holiday. People do house cleaning, plant trees, make new dresses, paint eggs, and make national pastries such as shakarbura, pakhlava and a great variety of national cuisine. Wheat is fried with kishmish (raisins) and nuts (govurga). It is essential for every house to have Samani (Samanu) - sprouts of wheat. As a tribute to fire-worshiping every Tuesday during four weeks before the holiday kid's jump over small bonfires and candles are lit. On the holiday eve the graves of relatives are visited and tended.

Novruz is a family holiday. In the evening before the holiday the whole family gathers around the holiday table laid with various dishes to make the New Year rich. The holiday goes on for several days and ends with festive public dancing and other entertainment of folk bands, contests of national sports.

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