Happy Sizdah Bedar!

As I explained in my post on Nowruz, the Persians/Iranians celebrate their New Year (held on March 20, the first day of Spring) for a full dozen days. On the 13th day, they conclude with a holiday called Sizdah Bedar. Also known as Nature’s Day, Sizdah Bedar literally means Thirteen Outdoor. It is supposed to … More Happy Sizdah Bedar!

Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

Although it’s a short month, February is full of holidays. The way the calendar falls this year, many of them seem packed together more closely than usual. I’m already behind on reporting about my celebration efforts to date. However, I’ll begin with yesterday’s Meatless Monday meal in honor of the Lunar New Year, usually called … More Meatless Monday: Chinese New Year Edition

Welcoming Spring

Happy Spring!  Yesterday was the Vernal Equinox, the first time in the year that we had equal amounts of daytime and nighttime (at least at the equator).  Now we will have a few more minutes of light every day until we reach our peak at the Summer Solstice in  June (which represents the end of spring … More Welcoming Spring