"Haji Firuz, The Herald of Nouroz" Iran Local Custom Tip by Behi
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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:
Sal-i ye ruz-e sal-i ye ruz-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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