I experienced a fun cultural mashup the other day. It was Groundhog’s day, which falls on a Christian holiday called Candlemas, having something to do with the purification of the Virgin Mary and presentation of Jesus. Who knew? In France on this day, you’re supposed to hold a gold coin in one hand and flip a crêpe with the other to bring you luck and prosperity for the year. (I don’t know what happens if you miss the flip.) The only gold coin I have is yek pahlavi given to me by my great aunt.
So, here we are in the Bay Area, on Candlemas, Groundhog’s day, with six more weeks of winter, one year of prosperity, and inshallah not too much longer until Iran finds stability and peace.