Happy Persian new year: An explanation of the traditions of the holiday, with blog links, here.
It’s the Persian New Year not the Iranian New Year. It’s a Zoroastrian Holiday, though the muslim occupiers have for centuries tried to co-opt it.
The site/post you link couldn’t be more offensive to Persians.
Shame on you Jeff!
Afshin: The LAST thing I wanted to do was offend Persian readers with this; quite to the contrary! My stupid mistake on Iranian v. Persian; it’s corrected. Do I dare ask why the site is offensive? I thought it was merely giving some background.
Do you see any mention of Zoroastrians there? It’s a Muslim laying claim to the most sacred of Holidays of a people they (Muslims) have nearly exterminated.
There are, maybe, 200,000 Zoroastrians left in the world. Most of those are the descendants of those who fled to India when the Muslims first came to slaughter the Persians.
It’s like celebrating the German Festival of Lights.
Sorry. I do appreciate that you changed the title and didn’t mean to be harsh with the ‘shame on you’ bit. It just gets to me.
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