J&K celebrates Nauroz

Nauroz was celebrated across Jammu and Kashmir with zeal amid isolated rains in some places.
Nauroz marks the first day of spring. Nauroz celebrates both renewal and rebirth, symbolized by the arrival of spring. It is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the world, with customs more local than global. The same goes for its celebration in Kashmir.
Kashmiri people usually start planting from this day. Light to moderate rain is also expected to occur that day. This also happened on Monday as the festival was celebrated.
The International Day of Nauroz was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in its 2010 resolution.
The traditional dish of Nauroz in Kashmir is the local Nadur (lotus stem) and fish. The fish are fried and cooked in Nadur in very spicy spices. Another famous dish is chicken cured turnip, which is prepared by having fried chicken with dried and fried turnips. There are special sweets and cakes prepared for the guests on this day.
On this day, people traditionally prefer leech therapy to treat their various ailments, believing it to be more effective than other days.
One of the Ayurveda doctors informed that leeches are effective in increasing blood circulation and breaking up blood clots.
“It is not surprising that they can be used to treat circulatory disorders and cardiovascular diseases. Chemicals derived from leech saliva have been turned into pharmaceutical drugs that can treat hypertension, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and skin problems,” he said.
Celebrated in almost all Central Asian countries, Nauroz is part of the culture of Kashmir.
According to historians, with the coming of great spiritual personalities like Shah-i-Hamdan (RA), Bul Bul Shah (RA), Mir Shamsuddin Iraqi (RA) and others, Kashmir became the Persia of the East – Iran. -e-Sageer – which had very close ties to Central Asia and the Middle East through the traditional Silk Road.
“As Kashmir came under the influence of the cultural, economic and industrial growth of Central Asia, the people adopted many new cultural customs and traditions, which are now deeply rooted in generations and one of ‘between them is the tradition of Nauroz,’ said a historian. .