On Monday 21st March, the Charity Centre for Refugees’ team and its beneficiaries gathered together to celebrate one of the most important cultural celebrations Nowruz – the Persian New Year.The Nowruz (now = new / ruz = day) is a ceremony  observed by numerous peoples to welcome the New Year, as well as the first day of spring, which usually take place on the vernal equinox.

Nowruz is a festivity that has been observed for thousands of years and partly rooted in the tradition of Zoroastrianism religion, which nowadays is still spread all around the world, but mostly present in Iran, Afghanistan, in the countries Central and Western Asia.After the opening speeches of the authorities present at the festival (representatives from the UNHCR, the Directorate for Asylum and Integration, Bureau for Migration and Asylum, the Ministry of Culture, the Law Center of Advocates and from AVE Copiii) took place a presentation of the main characteristics of the festivity and some performances such as traditional music and dances from Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iran, India, etc.. The old year has been hailed with “The fire Jumping tradition”, which symbolically take away all the unpleasant things that happened in the past year, and clear the new one from bad spirits.The celebration ended with refreshment in a cheering atmosphere where people could taste from traditional Afghani syrup – Haft Mewa.

The International Nowruz Day promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.The aim of this event was equally the same, along with the intention to create an opportunity to promote tolerance among the local community, to contribute to a cultural exchange and share the traditions of our beneficiaries, representatives of different cultures and peoples.

Panno Celeste – EVS volunteer from Italy at CCR