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It's #Nowruz tomorrow, and as many won't be able to celebrate as normal, I thought I'd use a thread to take us all back to Nowruz Fath-ʿAli Shah style (this related by George Fowler in his 1841 'Three Years in Persia').
As you can imagine, there was lots of ceremony, and it would be a v v long thread if I mentioned it all, so this will just be some highlights. But, first, a quick note on the timing of the festival, which Fowler clearly appreciates:
He goes on: 'The Shah's splendour on these grand occasions has been described to me as perhaps the most gorgeous display in the world. The immense riches of the crown jewels would buy a kingdom... he seems made up of diamonds, pearls, and all the sparkling stones in the world.'
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Ok, lets talk about Varakhsha, a town near #Bukhara that contained a painted palace and became the seat of the #Sogdian rulers of Bukhara from the Arab conquest (early 8th C) until the rise of the Samanids (late 9th C)


~ NA @eranudturan #HistoryofIran
The palace was built probably in the late 7th Century, but the most famous paintings, the Red Hall, date from the early 8th C from the reign of Tughshada, the son of the famous Queen of #Bukhara, about whom I wrote here:…

~ NA
The Red Hall has a row of men in Indian attire, riding saddled elephants, fighting a series of beasts - leopards, tigers, and dragons. The same scene is repeated again over the length of the wall, with variations in whom the elephant rider is fighting against. ~NA
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Noor: I welcome HE @MHaneefAtmar , his deputies & accompanying delegation to #Mazar.
Noor: I send my prayers to the souls of all the martyrs who sacrificed themselves to pave the way for today’s freedom.
Noor: We shouldn’t suffice ourselves to only commemorating the anniversaries of our martyrs. We should follow their ways and legacies. A country that has martyrs doesn’t have submission.
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Some thoughts on the celebration of #Newroz / #Nowruz, its influences, and a particular narrative attributed to it by many Kurds: the myth of Kawa the Blacksmith, whose statue in Afrin, Syria you can see here recently surrounded and being taken down by Turkish backed Islamists.
First on Nowruz: the celebration of Nowruz falls on Spring Equinox - many trace its origins wholly in Zoroastrianism as practiced by the Persians and Median cultures. Few however recognize how significant Assyrian-Babylonian influence was on both its practice and derivation.
The Assyrian empire's demise was a political event; it did not preclude custom & tradition etc from persisting in other cultures, empires. Scholar Peter Green notes that Alexander the Great partook in the festival of Akitu upon his arrival in Persepolis, Achaemenid Persia 330 BC.
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