Novruz – The Spring Festival Celebration

On March 24th 2013, the Association of Balkan Canadians took part in the festival of Novruz, organized by the students of the Nile Academy. Novruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated by many countries and cultures around the world. This event celebrated the colours of 12 diverse cultures, the countries participating were: Turkiye, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Tataristan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
Bosnia Herzagovina, Albania , Afghanistan, Yakutia, and Uyghurs.

The school was transformed into a cultural mosaic with tables and rooms representing the diversity of the different cultures. Every hallway, room or section of the school had delicious smells of foods from different parts of the world, people wearing their unique cultural dresses, cultural music, and a display of a collection of authentic things that represented the individuality of each of the twelve cultures.

ABC also set up a booth just outside the school, and sold dozens of Bosnian cevabi (Bosnian kebob) which won the hearts of several people who took a break from the inside festivities to come outside to enjoy an authentic Bosnian meal. The best part of the event, however, was the various talented performances by people from all the diverse cultures that took place in the school’s gymnasium. From folk dance to music, there was something for everyone to enjoy!

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