For some families, the parties started Sunday night, with a dance at Beach Luxury Hotel, and the celebrations and thanksgiving will continue into today, Monday, that marks, as March 21, the advent of spring or NovRuz.
Ismailis too celebrate NovRuz with prayers and new-year resolutions, starting as early as 4 am. “We go to the Jamaat Khana for namaz that ends at around 6 am,” described Ali Jiwani while talking to The Express Tribune. “Nauroz is the new year, which means new promises and new hopes. It is literally celebrating the arrival at spring because the season officially begins on March 21.”
At night, dinners called Sagridham in Gujrati, are held, followed by a dance. As Ismailis have a Gujrati background, they perform the daandia and garba – also called the Rasura. “We have our own orchestras too,” said Jiwani, adding that for them, dinner includes boiled eggs which are specially served as they denote the start of a new life.