"Haji Firuz, The Herald of Nouroz" Iran Local Custom Tip by Behi

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  Drawing of Haji Firuz, The Herald of Nouroz
by Behi

Haji Firuz is the traditional herald of Nouroz, who appears in the streets in the days preceding Nowruz.
The Haji Firuz entertains passers-by by singing traditional songs and dancing and playing his tambourine for a few coins.

Haji Firuz blackens his face, wears very colorful clothes, usually red, and always a hat that is sometimes long and cone-shaped. His songs, quite traditional in wording and melody, are very short repetitive ditties:

Haji Firuz-e
Sal-i ye ruz-e sal-i ye ruz-e.

Hame midunan
Man-am midunam.

Eyd-e Nouroz-e
Sal-i ye ruz-e.

(It's Haji Firuz/[He's] only one day a year. Everyone knows /I know as well.It is Nowruz /It's only one day a year.)

The following song is usually sung with a traditional "funny accent" or a mimicking of a speech impediment:

Arbab-e khod-am salamo aleykom,
Arbab-e khod-am sar-eto bala kon!
Arbab-e khod-am be man niga kon,
Arbab-e khod-am lotf-i be ma kon.
Arbab-e khod-am boz-boz-e qandi,
Arbab-e khod-am chera nemikhandi?

(Greetings my very own lord, Raise your head my lord! Look at me, my lord! Do me a favor, my lord! My very own lord, the billy goat, Why don't you smile, my lord?)

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  • Written Mar 16, 2008
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