UC IRANIAN STUDENTS CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NOWRUZ

About 30 PhD students and their friends and families celebrated the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, at the University of Canterbury last Friday.

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March 21 is the UN-declared International Day of Nowruz which falls on the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and has been celebrated in Iran and other countries for thousands of years.

The Christchurch event was organised by the newly formed University of Canterbury Iranian Society (UCIS) and included a traditional Haft-Seen table, a tabletop arrangement of at least seven symbolic items all starting with the letter ‘S’.

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People were treated to traditional setar playing, classical Persian poetry, Iranian-style tea, Iranian fresh dates and traditional sweets.

Former Mayor of Christchurch Gary Moore, Fendalton and Waimairi local community board member Fahimeh Burke and the University of Canterbury’s Associate Dean International for the College of Engineering, Dave Wareham spoke at the event.

I (UCIS President Donna Miles) believe the event’s popularity shows the Iranians’ yearning to stay connected with their rich culture and heritage.

-Written by Donna Miles

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