Azerbaijan celebrates Water Tuesday of Novruz Holiday

Baku, February 27, AZERTAC
Today, Azerbaijan is celebrating the Water Tuesday (“Su Charshanbasi”), one of the four festive Tuesdays before the most-loved ancient holiday of Azerbaijani people - Novruz Holiday.
Novruz is a symbol that winter has ended and the advent of spring, an affirmation of life in harmony with nature, an indication of equality and fraternity, as well as renewal of nature.
Novruz signifies coming of a new astronomical year, a waking-up of nature.
Novruz is celebrated every year on the 20-21-22 of March, from the moment of coming of vernal equinox.
Like centuries ago, every year Azerbaijani people on the eve of Novruz celebrate the last four Tuesdays of winter.
The four Tuesdays in the run up to Novruz symbolize the four elements called Su Charshanbasi (Water Tuesday), Od Charshanbasi (Fire Tuesday), Hava Charshanbasi (Wind Tuesday), and Torpag Charshanbasi (Earth or Last Tuesday).
On Water Tuesday, Azerbaijanis start to grow samani (sprouted seeds), which symbolizes sowing and a rich harvest, and represents grain, bread, increase and abundance.
Each Tuesday has its own traditions. Folk belief has it that water purifies and stirs, fire, earth and wind awaken the nature, and trees begin to blossom, symbolizing spring’s arrival.
Water symbolizes the beginning of life, and water is renewed on this day.
According to UNESCO, Nowruz is a historic rite observed annually on 21 March in many countries along the Silk Roads.
In recognition of the importance of this ancient rite, Novruz was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. Moreover, in 2010, United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March International Novruz Day. In this way, the General Assembly provides a statement every year.

Culture 2024-02-27 14:07:00