Nowruz Mubarak! Nowruz means “New Day” in Persian Language. It is the first day of spring and the beginning of the New Year in Iranian Calendar. Uyghurs absorbed this word as Noruz. 21stof March is a Noruz festival which is celebrated by countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and central Asian countries.
Uyghurs regards Nowruz one of their major festivals. It is a traditional festival rather than religious festival. Some sources confirms that Nowruz certain to have been celebrated pre-islamic times and afterwards. Here we are not going to focus much about it is historical background since most of the information regarding to Nowruz is found on Wikipedia and other internet sites. Here we direct our attention on what do Uyghur’s do on this special occasion.
We used to have Nowruz food on the day of Nowruz on 21st of March. The Nowruz food is a special kind of food prepared by various cereals. It is usually celebrated by community based or village based. During this time, people visit each other in a community. People gather in a cool places and celebrated the festival with various leisure activities. It is various from place to places. It is usually from morning till evening or extended to few days.
During Nowruz, people celebrates the festival by various epic oral tales, wrestling on horseback for a goat’s carcass, wrestling, tightrope walking, various poem competitions, and other various leisure actitivities, these activities various from towns to towns.
Since Uyghur culture and custom is so close to the people in Central Asia especially Uzbeks. I found this Uzbek owned website in English about Nowruz quite useful for your expanding your understanding about Nowruz, click here