Happy New Year!

That is, Persian New Year

Yes, it’s Persian New Year this week, and all over the globe, people of Persian heritage are celebrating the beginning of Spring. Of course, the library has resources to help you if you want to celebrate Persian culture, too! Here are just a few of them:

  1. Persepolis  In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her childhood in Iran during and after the revolution. Both sad and funny, with a strong sense of her family. We have both the graphic novel and the film.
  2. color of Paradise Some of the best movies of our era have come from Iran. Here’s one of them. Mohammad, a brilliant and sensitive young boy, is in a school for the blind in Tehran. He’s thrilled to be going home for the holidays to the village and family he loves–but his father is ashamed of the boy and doesn’t want him there.
  3. Food of life Of course, all holidays have special foods! If you want to explore Persian cuisine, here’s a classic on the subject.
  4. Separation Here’s an Oscar winner, another fine film from and about modern Iran.
  5. lolita Last but not least, here’s a modern classic about women studying subversive western literature!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I have a goldfish book on display, too. That might seem strange, but pet goldfish are a traditional part of the spring celebration, as I found out from this movie:

White balloon This one’s harder to find, but we do have it in the library system. Happy New Year to all our Persian friends,  and happy spring!


Author: maryj59

A librarian and writer from New England.

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