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Novruz – celebration of spring


Novruz is an ancient celebration symbolizing the coming of spring. In Azerbaijan it is celebrated on 20-21 of March . Novruz celebration is accompanied by a richly laid tables and folk festivals. The main attributes of this holiday are: semeni - sprouted wheat grain, traditional pastry - pakhlava, shekerbura and Goghal, painted eggs and funny characters such as Kosa and Ketchal. Novruz remains the most popular celebration of Azerbaijani people.

In 2009, Novruz was included into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The best time to visit Azerbaijan is during the celebration of Novruz, when you may see the festivities on the main squares of the capital and other cities, taste traditional pastry and feel spring mood!


Delicacies of Novruz

During the Novruz celebration tables are laid with a variety of delicacies, most of them are closely connected with this celebration. Among them is Khoncha - a large platter decorated with pastries and dried fruits, Innab - reddish sweet dried fruit of the tree typical for this region or small fruits of Caucasian persimmon. And of course the main dish at this day is a classic pilaf with braised lamb or beef, dried plum, chestnut and saffron. You can also taste "Sweet pilaf" which is usually served with sweet dried fruits - dried apricots and raisins.


Customs and traditions of Spring Festival 

The significance of Novruz for people's lives, from the ancient times has generated set of customs and rites. Children knock the doors of neighbouring houses, leave a hat under the door and hide. The householders should return the hats with Novruz sweets. People give gifts and visit their relatives and friends.
In the yards children and young people jump over the fire (Tonqal)

and perform Yalli dance around it. This dance performed since ancient times symbolizes unity.  
Colorful performances and public games are held during Novruz on the streets and squares - tightrope walkers and jugglers demonstrate their skills, horse riding and shows are performed in public squares. The comic show Kos-Kosa is performed across Azerbaijan during Novruz.

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