Norooz 1387 - Eid-e Shoma Mubarak! In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or NOROOZ, always begins on the first day of spring. Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil. The origins of Norooz are unknown, but they go back several thousand years predating the Achaemenian Dynasty. The ancient Iranians had a festival called "Farvardgan" which lasted ten days, and took place at the end of the solar year. It appears that this was a festival of sorrow and mourning, signifying the end of life while the festival of Norooz, at the beginning of spring signified rebirth, and was a time of great joy and celebration. I CONGRATULATE TO ALL IRANIAN PEOPLE ANYWHERE AROUND THIS MOTHER EARTH. ((Fara Residane Norooz-e Baztani Ra Be ShomaVa Khanevadeh Gerami Tabrik Gofteh Va Sali Pur As SalamatiVa Shadkami Barayetan Arezoomandam.)) I HOPE IN THIS NEW YEAR [ 1387 ], YOU WILL HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL LIFE WITH GOOD HEALTH AND LOTS OF SUCCESS. EID-e Shoma Mubarak ============================================================== Tonite is 28th Esfand 1386 (18th March 2008). It is ChaharShanabeh Sori, where these days, young people spent their money for exploding small firecrackers for fun! I remember when I was younger, we had a peaceful ChaharShanabeh Sori without having fears of any casualties. ANYHOW, I perfered to stay with my dear computer and design a Eid card for the Iranian New Year. If you are curious to know, it took me almost 7 hours PS works with creating 27 layers! I should mention my computer crashed down twice which I had to re-do the works again.