While creating this unique design, our artist has been
inspired by the rich traditions passed by generation
to generation through years and years, and particu
larly by the old traditions of celebration of Novruz
Bayrami. This national holiday represents a remarka
ble and cheerful event - the end of winter and the
beginning of spring.
Novruz (translated as New Day), or Azerbaijani New
Year, is celebrated on March 21. On September 30,
2009 Novruz was included in UNESCO Representative
List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and
ever since, the 21st of March is known as Interna
tional Novruz Day.
The holiday is celebrated over a period of time and
starts 4 Tuesday (chershenbe) before Novruz. Those
4 Thursdays play a very special role in Azerbaijani
culture. And every Tuesday becomes a kind of
rehearsal for a major holiday. Our designer
portrayed the traditions of preparation for a holiday
on this tablecloth:
So what are those four "chershenbe" (Tuesdays)?
The first one -"Su Chershenbe" (Water) symbolizes
the melted snow and tells us about upcoming warm
weather. This Tuesday is famous for fortune telling,
when young ladies try to predict the future using
The second Tuesday is known as a "Fire Tuesday"
symbolizing the Sun and a bright Path of Life. People
light up fires in the yard and burn candles at home -
one for each family member.
The third Tuesday can be described by the awakening
of mother nature and is symbolized by the air. Small
kids knock at the doors of their neighbors, leaving
their hats at the doorstep and hiding around in
anticipation of sweets, as everyone returns their hats
full of sweets and other holiday treats.
And finally, we feel the entrance of the spring - and
this Tuesday is known is a day of the soil. People
start serving the special holiday sweets and treats.
There is a tradition of eavesdropping at the door,
when people leave their house in the evening trying
to eavesdrop their neighbors, because they believe
that the first word they hear will predict their fate.