December 29, 2008

The President wishes you a happy Nowruz, um, New Year

I'll bet you've never heard of Nowruz, also known as the Iranian New Year. It falls around the first day of Spring, predates Islam, and is observed in several central Asian countries with names that end in -stan, some of which we have (too many) of our troops in.

And I'll bet that Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush had never heard of it either. But that hasn't stopped them from sending out their best wishes, first in 1992 (gee, did some Iranian-American group complain, do you think?), then in 2000 by Clinton (what about 1993-99?), and now annually since 2005 by Bush the Younger and Most Brain Damaged by Diversity.

I'm going to merely wish everyone a happy (Christian Era) New Year, and I don't care about the dozens (hundreds?) of other versions anymore. Remember, diversity is no longer our greatest source of strength, but our greatest source of conflict, and absurdity.

Check out the link here. (You'll have to type in the word nowruz in the archive search area). Also take note that for the first time, just this year, President Bush had to not only issue the annual best wishes, but had to elaborate on Nowruz in two recorded interviews the same day!

Speaking of countries that end in -stan, maybe we should rename America, and the Presidency, Absurdistan.

1 comment:

Vanishing American said...

Actually I have heard of it, through some Americans and Persian followers of the Baha'i faith who celebrate it in the spring. But I wonder who the White House is pandering to here? The people who celebrate it are probably very few in number in this country, or are they doing this to court favor of Iranian Zoroastrians or whoever?

I suppose it hasn't gotten quite as bad in our country as in the UK where the Prime Minister sent out a Ramadan greeting but not a Christmas greeting. But we are getting there, unfortunately.