Azerbaijanis celebrate Wind Tuesday of Novruz
Today Azerbaijanis celebrate Yel Chershenbesi (Wind Tuesday), the third of the four festivals celebrated on the last four Tuesdays prior to the Novruz holiday.
Four pre-holiday Tuesdays of Novruz are Su Chershenbesi (Water Tuesday), Od Chershenbesi (Fire Tuesday) Yel Chershenbesi (Wind Tuesday) and Torpaq Chershenbesi (Earth or Last Tuesday), and each them is dedicated to the awakening of one of the natural elements.
The celebration of Wind Tuesday is closely associated with the ancient beliefs about wind being a sacred life-giving component along with fire, water, and earth.
Traditionally, people clean their homes and expose woolen household items such as pillows to the air. When the night falls, people make bonfire, cook milky rice, and put mostly dry fruits on the table.
Water Tuesday - the first Tuesday of Novruz holiday - was celebrated on February 27, and Fire Tuesday - on March 6. Earth or Last Tuesday will be celebrated on March 20.
The spring will come to Azerbaijan at 20:15 Baku time on March 20.