Inclusive celebration of Persian New Year

More than 600 people, mainly from Shepparton’s Afghan community, gathered to celebrate Nowruz — the Persian New Year — on Saturday evening.

Goulburn Valley Afghani Association president Nasim Gulzari said Mooroopna’s Sir Ian McLennan Centre was filled with music, dancing, food and people from various multicultural groups across the district.

Representatives from community and government organisations, such as Shepparton police, Greater Shepparton City Council, Primary Care Connect, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District and UnitingCare Cutting Edge also attended.

Mr Gulzari said it was an inclusive, happy occasion.

‘We are a new community — we like to celebrate and invite other communities to join us,’ he said.

He said members from Shepparton’s Iraqi, Sudanese and Congolese communities enjoyed the festivities. ‘It was full of joy and happiness,’ Mr Gulzari said.

He said Nowruz has been celebrated in Shepparton for the past five years, with previous events at the Shepparton’s GV Hotel. Nowruz marks the first day of spring, or equinox, in the Solar Hiriji calendar — the official calendar of Iran and Afghanistan.




Article and image courtesy Shepparton News



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