Our big day with a Persian wedding theme

Lumley Castle in County Durham is a fairytale wedding venue. With Cyrus non-stop into everything, he is certainly ruling our house at the moment. He delights in opening drawers and throwing CDs all over the floor and trying to stuff them into the DVD player. While…

Blending Persian culture and values

As you know if you’re up to speed with this blog, my husband comes from Persia and I am English. I was born and raised in the North East of England, while my husband, H, grew up in Tehran. As a result, we have grandparents, brothers,…

How to make the most of Seezdah Beedar

With natural woodland, flowers and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty all on our doorstep, it’s great to live in the North East of England when it comes to celebrating Seezdah Beedar. Here’s how we make the most of this Persian tradition – 4,000 miles away from…

How to celebrate baby’s first Nowruz

Before I begin this post, it’s important to explain what Nowruz actually is. Eyd-e Nowruz or New Year is the biggest festival in the Persian calendar. It’s the start of the season of new growth, the beginning of spring and is celebrated at the equinox on…

How we celebrated baby’s first Chaharshanbe Suri

One of the elements of Haft Seen is Sabzeh, sprouts. Sabzeh is actually one of the first things that are prepared for the spread as it takes a couple of weeks for the sprouts to grow into a nice height. I’ve used mung beans and lentils…

Reasons to stay positive despite the odds

Sometimes life throws curve balls at us. There are always reasons to stay positive though despite the odds when we’re feeling low. Since 2015 had been a year of grieving, healing and trying again following miscarriage, I saw in 2016 with cautious joy. I was 12…

Shab-e Yalda celebrations with family across the miles

Shab-e Yalda, the Persian winter solstice celebration, is a time for family get-togethers. But how can you celebrate when your in-laws are 4,000 miles away? Special event It’s a bittersweet reality, but I have learned over the years that I can be close to my in-laws…