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>Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Nowruz, the celebration of the Persian New Year. The word Nowruz means “new day” and the holiday is observed annually in a number of countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbajian and Tajikistan.
Persians living abroad such as U.S. attend a Nowruz party to celebrate the season of hope and renewal. I was invited to a my first Nowruz celebration at the Rome Ballroom of UConn. campus by a good Iranian friend, Bernadette. The party started slowly with the welcoming address from the Iranian Association of UConn., followed by a brief poetry reading and a classical Persian music performance on the acoustic guitar.
But when the DJ played the Persian music, it’s the women (and kids) that came onto the dance floor first. The Persian dance itself is highly individualistic and heavily relies on solo improvisation. And it is totally normal for women to dance with women. In fact, it wasn’t until much later and the lights dimmed that the men joined the floor in a group based ensemble setting. And well into the night, the dance floor resembled one big dance circle with everyone dancing together.
I had such a great time, completely immersing myself in the Nowruz celebration; eating delicious Persian pastries, taking photos and whirling away Persian-style. Although, it took me by a huge surprise when I was approached by several Persians throughout the night and spoken to in Farsi. Perhaps it was my comfortableness with the surrounding that led them to believe I was one of them. Now that I think about it … it must have been my dancing.
>Last weekend’s trip to NYC with the girls was nothing short of a blast. The photos from the trip speak for themselves.
Check out the slideshow below and make sure to crank up the volume.
(Sidenote: All photos were taken with Viola’s Canon Powershot G12.)
>Twins Days is the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. It takes place in a town of Twinsburg, Ohio and it’s open to all multiples; twins, triplets, quads, identical and fraternal, young and old. Twins Days, Inc. was founded in 1976 and it’s mission is to provide a vehicle for celebrating the uniqueness of twins and other multiples.
Twins Days packs an array of exciting activities for the two-day festival. There’s a Double Take parade, golf tournament, twins contests, twins talent show, twins research, 5K race, wiener roast, raffle, twins group photo, fireworks display and much more. And when the sun goes down, adult twins get together for karaoke and dancing, followed by an after party, and an after-after party.
We, meaning Viola and I have known about such festival for few years and always wanted to attend. Luckily, this year we were finally able to go. We have enjoyed our time in Twinsburg and the festival so much that we plan on making this event an annual destination in the years to come!
>A casual photo shoot with good friends in New Haven on a beautiful Spring day. Marzena, Mashal and Monty are the victims of today’s shooting.
>There is only one sport I can tolerate watching. In fact, I actually enjoy it. Ever since I was little, ten, eleven-years-old, I’ve been watching professional boxing with my dad. I think it all started when I saw my dad and his friends watching a Mike Tyson fight. And I think it was the bloody punches and the stunning knockouts that grasped my interest in the sport. But I also like it because there’s nothing scripted about it, nothing choreographed or staged. Boxing is very real and very gritty.
I especially enjoy watching boxing if a Polish boxer is in the ring. I’ve watched and cheered on Andrew Golota’s every fight but now Poland has a new champion – Tomasz Adamek. Tomasz Adamek is currently the best Polish fighter and a holder of an IBF International Heavyweight Title.
The Prudential Center was electric on Saturday night, February 6, as Adamek took on Estrada in a fight to defend his IBF International Heavyweight belt. The overwhelming majority of attendance was there in support of the Polish-born Adamek, waving the Polish flags and cheering wildly for him. Enthusiasm and happiness for seeing him win was outrages. Polish people love their patriots. And in the end, the Polish fans were not disappointed. The bout went to all twelve rounds with the unanimous decision in favor of Adamek.
>New Haven Symphony Orchestra held a its third annual family concert on Saturday, January 30 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. “Fiddle Faddle” a child-friendly perfomance offered children and their families a lively introduction to the orchestra and its music. Half hour before the concert children had the opportunity to meet the musicians and play with the instruments in what is called the Instrument Discovery Zone. Kids experimented with fiddle, banjo uulele and the bass.
>Karmic Justice is “anything but your typical cover band”. They mix rap with metal and hip-hop performing songs of popular artists such as Linkin Park, Incubus, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, just to name a few. On their MySpace page, they refer to themselves as “a breath of fresh air from all of the same “party bands” playing all of the same songs.” Karmic Justice performed at Toad’s Place, New Haven on Friday night and I was invited to the event. But, of course, I couldn’t just sit in one place during their high energy performance. I was right up there next to the stage, enjoying the band. And what better way to watch a band, than through the eye of my camera.
>The end of summer is my favorite part of year. A time of year that holds a lot of meanings for me. It means Fall is near. The air becomes fresh and crisp and leaves change color. It means school is about to start. And best of all, it means that fair season has arrived.
I go to fairs to see the animals and exhibits. I go to eat fried dough and drink freshly squeezed lemon juice. I go to take pictures.
The Haddam Neck Fair is over for this year, but there are plenty more still to come. I know for sure that I’ll be at the Big E fair in a couple of weeks. And if I’m lucky, I’ll find one or two more to stop by.
Pig lickers are treats made by coating cooked bacon in chocolate.
The flavor combination in pig lickers unites sweet and salty in one mouthful.
A cross-section is ideally partly crunchy, from the bacon and the salt, and partly soft, as the chocolate starts to melt in the mouth.
“The Simple Life”
Bernadette gets her stress out shooting darts.
This is a cow.
Isabella’s first time encounter with farm animals.
Isabella with Bernadette’s hair
The day offered samples of over 100 different beers from close to 50 breweries and pubs from all over the world. Bernadette, the designated driver, had the most beer samples out of the three of us. Good or bad, she chugged them all. Me, being a non beer drinker, I actually found a beer I enjoyed – Framboise Lambic. It’s a raspberry flavored beer. It tasted very smooth and refreshing.
After the beer tasting, (slightly intoxicated) we walked over to the nearby beach to relax by the water. That’s where we found a perfectly old looking shed – the ultimate photoshoot destination.
Check out the slideshow and photos below.