CHERSHENBE

CHERSHENBE

$73
Product Code: TR0009
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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 traditio...

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 water. 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.