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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 20, 2014

For Some Folks, It's New Year's Day

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Posted by Derek

A quick "eid-e shoma mubarak" to all those out there who are celebrating Norouz, the spring-equinox version of New Year's Day. My Iranian wife certainly is, and I will be pitching in by consuming large amounts of the home-made sweets that her mother has produced, and by frying a large quantity of fish for a big meal later on. For once, there's actually some blue sky and sunshine out there today (albeit with heaps of melting snow everywhere). But it sure beats a faceful of sleet, which has been the case several times in years past. (If you've ever seen the old W. C. Fields short, "The Fatal Glass of Beer", you'll get the idea of what my wife goes through on a typical New England Norouz!)

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1. Anonymous on March 20, 2014 12:40 PM writes...

Happy Nowruz!

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2. exGlaxoid on March 20, 2014 4:15 PM writes...

Do you get to jump over a bonfire, much like Duke students after a win over UNC? I saw an article saying that was one of the traditions. Have a Happy Norouz, Spring Equinox or whatever will make the cold, wet, weather go away.

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3. Nick K on March 20, 2014 7:44 PM writes...

Good to see W C Fields remembered. A truly great comedian.

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4. Derek Lowe on March 20, 2014 8:25 PM writes...

I offered to build a fire in the middle of the living room, but my wife, after giving it some serious thought (she's always cold in there), declined. A big fire-jumping event is the winter solstice, if I recall correctly. These are all Zoroastrian fire-based solar-calendar celebrations - very much pre-Islamic, which is why the Iranian government doesn't go out of its way to encourage them.

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5. Steve on March 21, 2014 6:39 AM writes...

It's not a fit night out for man or beast...

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6. newnickname on March 21, 2014 9:38 AM writes...

All things considered, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.

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7. Niloofar Asgharian on March 22, 2014 11:03 PM writes...

Eid Nowruz Mobarak to you and your wife! I celebrated a vegan Nowruz because I believe in justice for all species.

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8. Niloofar Asgharian on March 22, 2014 11:04 PM writes...

Eid Nowruz Mobarak to you and your wife! I celebrated a vegan Nowruz because I believe in justice for all species.

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9. Nick K on March 23, 2014 3:20 AM writes...

#7 and 8:....except for plants.

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10. DrugA on March 24, 2014 9:31 AM writes...

We celebrated with our Persian neighbors over the weekend, and fire was definitely jumped!

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