Seharane

Definitions

  • n. A Kurdish Jewish festival, lasting a few days at the end of Pesach, that traditionally marked the end of winter and the coming of spring (but has, in Israel been celebrated during Sukkot).

Example Sentences

  • "The Sephardic Mizrahi Q Network, in partnership with JCC Harlem, invites you to celebrate Mimouna and Seharane - the unique post-Passover festivals of the Jews of Morocco and the Jews of Kurdistan and Assyria." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Jewish Neo-Aramaic

Etymology

  • סֶהֲרַנֶה Seharane

    • Who Uses This

      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Saharane

Notes

  • Came into usage in Jewish English through Israeli Jews of Kurdish origin moving to English-speaking countries. "The precise origin of the word Seharane is not clear: it might mean "sahar" – the crescent moon (the spring moon of Nisan being in its third quarter, or the clear spring nights). Sahar might also be a form of "sayar" or walking, touring; finally, the Kurdish word "sayeran" means to see, and to explore nature. The origins of the festival itself are clearer than its meaning: they are regional - a similar nature festival is observed by Kurdish Muslims and called "sayeran" in Iran, "navruz" in Iraq (also with the meaning of walking in nature). Finally, the correct spelling is Seharane, not Saharane!" (source)

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