I love this Holy Day. After the Fast, it is such a celebration of renewal, growth; a fresh start with a more centered mind and heart.
The weekend before Naw Ruz, the children and I set up the Naw Ruz tree. I have no problems commandeering traditional signs of spring such as eggs and flowers and rabbits and lambs from the Easter froofara (I like that word. It is a word. See, I just used it.) and using it in our home. So we gleefully filled up corners with bunnies and bouquets and spring peepers.
The Baha'i day begins at sunset, so after our special kheer and fresh fruit, I hid a set of glow in the dark eggs. This is seriously one of the best ideas I've had in ages. It meant the kids got to hunt for eggs in the dark to kick off the celebrations for this new year right away. I generally shy away from plastic, but I figured these are perfect for us, and we will use them for many years to come. They were fun!
Today, my mum came down for the grand chocolate-eating that comes with the Naw Ruz cones (there were other things involved, such as mustache finger tattoos and a new "Silly Billy" for Asher, but chocolate is the most important part). Why do I love doing these same small things even more with each year?
Along with the chocolate,etc the children also received giant bubble wands/tubes. It was super windy and gusty in the back yard, and when they blew the bubbles, it was like nothing any of use had ever seen. Instead of popping, the bubbles were bounced and whirled, gusted, multiplied, swept up and around us in the most magical, incredible display any of us had ever seen. If you have never blown bubbles in an enclosed space on a windy day, you really, truly must. It was not something I could even begin to capture in photos, but we will all remember it forever.