Elmin Hasanli- 19 years old, student-journalist
Novruz is an ancient and evergreen holiday. It has been always celebrated with special warm feelings. For every Azeri Novruz is an image of spring the nature awakening from a winter sleep associated with generous fertility of Land and purity of Water. The traditions and customs connected with Novruz Holiday came from the depth of centuries.
- LEMAN GAIDOVA- 18 years old, student.
I think that all inAzerbaijan love this holiday. Especially, young boys and girls.Most of all boys. Because before Novruz holiday four weeksevery Tuesday- fire, water, air and place Tuesday they burnfires in yards. They jump over fire. Then there are many gamesthat boys can play. I can name "Kosa- Kosa" and others. Butregretfully that I cant say how they play in this games. Womenbefore Novruz holiday clean rooms, cook manysweets,cooookies and others. Young girls help their mothers.Then when Novrus comes all nature awaks from winter sleping.Tr ees, flovers, blossoms. Many birds fly from hot countries.They sing their songs, build their nests among trees. I think thatthis holiday is Azerbaijan but also in all muselman countries. Ilike Novruz!
Ilkin Hajiyev- 20 years old, student
- Novruz is a family holiday. In the evening before the holiday the whole family gathers around the holiday table laid with the various dishes to make the New Year rich. The holiday goes on for several days and ends with festive public dancing and other entertainment of folk bands, contests of national sports. In rural areas crop holidays are marked.
Samir Kazimov- 20 years old, security
- As a tribute to fire-worshiping every Tuesday during four weeks before the holiday kids jump over small bonfires and candles are lit. On the holiday eve the graves of relatives are visited and tended.
Aysel Azadxanova- 17 years old, pupil
- Preparations for Novruz start long before the holiday. People do house cleaning, plant trees, make new dresses, paint eggs, make national pastries such as shakarbura, pakhlava and a great variety of the national cuisine. Wheat is fried with kishmish (raisins) and nuts (govurga). It is essential for every house to have "semeni" - sprouts of wheat.
Seymour Kazimov, Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Managment, independent journalist