A fiddler on the roof… Sounds crazy, no?
But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof. Trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous? Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word! Tradition! Tradition Tradition Tradition Tradition Tradition Tradition Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything. How to sleep. How to eat. How to work. How to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, how did this tradition get started? I’ll tell you. I don’t know. But it’s a tradition.
Traditions seem to be, almost as old as man himself. It’s so interesting to learn about different cultures and different traditions. Usually followed to the T, lest no bad luck may fall upon one if not done right.The origins of traditions are generally skewed and finding one clear reason behind them is difficult. Yes application of common sense does give one a fair idea of how a tradition may have come about, but mostly superstition keeps them alive. I love the colours and the songs and the food that usually form a big part of it. Integration of cultures is the best part of diversity. Where one gets to enjoy the best of all cultures. The month of march heralds the summer solstice on the 21st, where we experience the equinox,24 hours divided equally as day and night. This day is celebrated as Navroze or Nu’rooz (new day or beginning of a new year).This is an Iranian tradition celebrated in various parts of the world by cultures with farsi roots and as i recently learned in 23 countries around the world. Zoroashtrians and Ismaili Muslims follow these traditions. My husband being a zoroashtrian and me the latter, I have decided to embrace the celebration of novroze. Although I choose “tradition sans superstition”. i was told (once i start i can never stop the ‘sufra’). Celebrations entail, growing of wheat, painting of eggs, decorating the table with items named with the letter ‘s’. Wishing eachother ‘barakaat’ (abundance).All the foods denote ‘spring’ and the burst of life. Holi is celebrated by hindus by burning a pyre denoting end of the old and ringing in the new.It’s time for the new harvest and a new ‘beginning’. Easter is also a celebration of ‘new life’ in a manner of speaking. And of course, dressing up, feasting and celebrations are all common and the most fun part of all traditions. Like Tevye, said in the fiddler on the roof, how did it all get started? I don’t know. But it’s tradition! Happy Novroze to all , may you be blessed with plenty!!