Monday, 21 March 2011



Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز, IPA: [nouˈɾuːz], or in Kurdish Newroz "New Day", originally "New Light") is the name of the New Year in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations.[2] Nowruz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year.

This usually occurs on March 21. Today!

Thus I have drawn Haji Firouz. He symbolizes the rebirth of the Sumerian god of sacrifice, Domuzi, who was killed at the end of each year and reborn at the beginning of the New Year.

He's depicted here as he usually appears, with his face and skin painted black (black is an ancient Persian symbol of good luck) and wearing a red costume.

Then that horse got in the frame some how!

Happy Nowrūz!


  1. Wikipedia is awesome isn't it.

    Odd how blackface has become so unfashionable.

    Nice drawing.