4 (More) Secrets… Make That 5!
I recently came across a new blog called Life+1 (@mylifeplus1) and this post called, “4 (More) Secrets to Happiness From Around The World”.
No surprise… Azerbaijan wasn’t on that list! But maybe it should be, so I am sharing @mylifeplus1’s blog with you, and adding this 5th secret from my own post, “Happy Renewal” .
4 (More) Secrets… Make That 5!
May your life have the aroma of spring. We wish you good, bright mornings! (typical Novruz Greeting) “Some of my favorite times in Baku, Azerbaijan were centered on the spring “New Year” celebrations of Novruz, the time of renewal. There was an air of anticipation, and as the saying goes, “Spring defines the luck of a year”. Novruz is a triumph of cleanliness and health. In order to greet these favorite days properly, good works are done throughout the country, improvements are made to villages, city streets and courtyards, roads are cleaned and houses are repaired. Accommodation is carefully cleaned and tidied. Everything is put in order, house walls are whitewashed. Everywhere is radiant with cleanliness. People call it “house cleaning”. Girls and brides clean their carpets and rugs, take them out into the open air, hang them on lines and fences, beat the dust out of them, leave them to air in the sun, with the wish that friends may rejoice in their prosperity and foes may be afflicted.” This celebration last 4 weeks, and the anticipation builds over the month with a new focus each Tuesday. It is truly a time of joy and happiness.
- First, is Water Tuesday, where water renews nature (think water on the wheat that sprouts into semeni). .
- Fire Tuesday follows second, and honors fire as a method of rebirth. Fire is the element that signifies we are purified of our evil deeds of the year past, and we are reborn fresh for the coming year. .
- Earth Tuesday is week three, marking the revival of the earth. The semeni should be sprouting by this time, along with hyacinth and tulip bulbs , showing the cycle of regeneration. .
- Lastly, Wind Tuesday is when the wind opens the buds and marks the arrival of Spring.
Fire worship forms an integral part of the celebrations with fires being lit on the four Tuesdays in the run up to Novruz. On the last Tuesday, everyone jumps over the fire representing purification. It is a very happy time, hardly what you would expect from a country at war, displaced from its own land, and (at that time) in the midst of arising from the ashes of the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Maybe that’s what makes this such a secret!
Here are 4 (more) …
1 – OVERCOME YOUR FEARS BY FACING THEM HEAD-ON LAND DIVING IN VANUATU
Would you ever consider bungee jumping from a tower with nothing but natural tree vines to break your fall? Tree vines and the ground. It may sound incredibly bizarre to many of us, but to the natives of Pentecost Island in remote Vanuatu, it is the ultimate rite of passage and a way in which they overcome their fears. Something we could all apply to our own lives, with some modification of course. Whatever your fear and method for overcoming it, one thing is for sure, facing our fears is the only way to overcome them. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…right?