Rosamunde has opened in Temescal, shock at imminent closure of Oscar's in Berkeley, and news of Giovanni post-fire
For more than 3,000 years, people have been leaping over fires to bid farewell to winter, burn away negativity and welcome with an open heart the New Year that begins on the first day of Spring. The ancient festival of fire, called Chahar Shanbeh Suri, has its roots in Zoroastrianism and is a warm-up to Nowruz, or Persian New Year. Crossing religious and national boundaries, it is observed across the globe by Persian Jews, Christians, Baha’is and Muslims.
Pomegranates and watermelon, as well as a hearty bean and noodle soup, are part of the Persian community's Yalda celebrations this week.
The third and final installment of Berkeleyside's roundup to ethnic restaurants around town.