ALAÇATI HERB FESTIVAL
People in İzmir celebrate this festival to emphasize the importance of healthy life.
Alaçatı is decorated with herbs, flowers and colourful ornamental stuff, people wear their spring clothes to celebrate good weather.
WHEN: 7-10 April
WHAT TO DO:
- Best herbs competition
- Preparing best recipe from natural herbs ( competition )
- Teaching programm how to collect herbs
- Tea&Pot tasting / preparing
- Dance show
Also, end of the programm, people plant trees all together.
MEANING AND WHEN:
The word Nevruz is a combination of the words “ nev” (new) and “ruz” (day), meaning new day. According to the old Persian calendar, it is the first day of the year and regarded as the start of spring. The sun gives more light and heat to the southern hemisphere until March 21, after which this applies to the northern hemisphere instead. That is why March 21 is a day to celebrate for people living in the northern hemisphere as the symbol of awakening and creation. (According to beliefs, ,t is celebrating for 15.000 years in Anatolia.)
WHAT TO DO:
The night before Nevruz, people draw their dreams on the paper and bury it under a rose or throw away to sea to their dreams come true.
On Nevruz Day, people lay their tables with an assortment of foodstuffs, play games, hold festivities, eat painted eggs and prepare large fires. People jump over the fire and make wish at the same time.
VIDEO: ( There are only coco cola videos to explain nevruz tradition, sorry)