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Navroz Mubarak!

First Day Of Spring

March 21

Aayi Navroz Aayi [ Navroz Has Arrived ] Suhana Din Hai Aaya, Suhani Yeh Shaam Aayi Rehmat Ke Samandar Se, Dua Aashish Ki Leher Laayii Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi..............................( Verse 1) Mubarak Darbar Ki Ye Yaadei(n) Laayi Chalakte Noor Ki Hamei(n) Jalkiya(n) Dikhlayi(n) Noor-E-Ali Ke Huzoor Se Khushboo Ka Tohfa Laayi(n) Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Suhana Din Hai Aaya, Suhani Yeh Shaam Aayi Rehmat Ke Samandar Se, Dua Aashish Ki Leher Laayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi..............................( Verse 2) Har Zarre Ko Khushboo Se Mehkaya Hai Chaaro Aur Masti Ka Maahol Banaya Hai Jashn Ki Jaise Ek Mehek Si Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Suhana Din Hai Aaya, Suhani Yeh Shaam Aayi Rehmat Ke Samandar Se, Dua Aashish Ki Leher Laayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi..............................( Verse 3) Silsila Imamat Ye Kabhi Khatm Na Ho Nemat Se Bhara Zameein Aur Aasmaa(n) Ho Ye Surili Sargam Hamei(n) Kisne Sunai Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Suhana Din Hai Aaya, Suhani Yeh Shaam Aayi Rehmat Ke Samandar Se, Dua Aashish Ki Leher Laayii Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi..............................( Verse 4) Sakhi Mehendi Lagao Sakhi Rang Udao Khushiyon Ke Rango Se Saare Aalam Ko Sajao Imam Mu'izz Se Chalti Ye Rivaayat Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Suhana Din Hai Aaya, Suhani Yeh Shaam Aayi Rehmat Ke Samandar Se, Dua Aashish Ki Leher Laayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi Aayi Navroz Aayi, Aayi Navroz Aayi..............................( Verse 5)

Prince Amir Tamim al-Fatimi was the eldest son of Imam al-Muiz. He was born in 948 CE in Mahdiyya, the first Fatimid capital in North Africa. He was amongst those who accompanied Imam al-Muizz on the historic journey to Egypt when the seat of the Fatimid government was transferred to Cairo. He was then twenty five years old. The Prince dedicated himself to literary and cultural pursuits until his premature death at the age of thirty six. In this poem, Prince Tamim shows his immense affection for the Imam and says that the New Year Festival of Nawruz is a blessing from the Imam. When I compose a poem in praise of you, I feel inspired and my speech becomes refined. But if I wish to praise someone other than you, Im tongue-tied and my speech disproves the lie. Because you are born for grace and eminence, and such gifts are indeed innate in your nature Your honour is the dawn, your face a bright star, and your right hand pours rain upon the creation. You are the light from which we seek illumination, the gracious beloved for whom ransom is given. Through you, our days of tyranny turn to order, and the indomitable, treacherous time is humbled. If Nawruz is a festival of joy and delight, it is through your light that it has come to be so. So live long! Bring glory and prosperity to the times, If they do not prosper by you, may they be ruined! O son of the Prophet, Gods blessings be on you! you are a time-tested sword to fight lifes sorrows. Source: Shimmering Light: An Anthology of Ismaili Poems

HAFT -SIN

The haftsin (or the "Seven S's") is a deeply ingrained portion of Iranian Naw-Ruz celebrations. It is a table bearing seven traditional items starting with the letter S. The symbolic dishes consist of:
1. Sabzeh or sprouts, usually wheat or lentil representing rebirth. 2. Samanu is a pudding in which common wheat sprouts are transformed and given new life as a sweet,

creamy pudding and represents the ultimate sophistication of Persian cooking.


3. Seeb means apple and represents health and beauty. 4. Senjed the sweet, dry fruit of the Lotus tree, represents love. It has been said that when lotus tree is in

full bloom, its fragrance and its fruit make people fall in love and become oblivious to all else. 5. Seer which is garlic in Persian, represents medicine. 6. Somaq sumac berries, represent the color of sunrise; with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil. 7. Serkeh or vinegar, represents age and patience.