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Spring has sprung: Celebrating Persian New Year at EISB

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the vibrant festivities of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. At the English International School of Bratislava (EISB), students and staff eagerly embrace this ancient tradition, immersing themselves in its rich cultural heritage and timeless rituals.

Nowruz, which translates to “New Day,” marks the beginning of spring and symbolizes renewal, rebirth, and the triumph of light over darkness. It is a time for family gatherings, feasting, and the welcoming of the new season with open arms.

At EISB, preparations for Nowruz begin weeks in advance. Students participate in various activities to learn about the significance of this auspicious occasion. They delve into the history and traditions behind Nowruz, gaining a deeper understanding of its importance in Persian culture.

One of the most anticipated events at EISB is the Haft-Seen table, a central feature of Nowruz celebrations. The Haft-Seen, or “Seven S’s,” is a symbolic arrangement of seven items, each starting with the Persian letter “seen” (Ψ³). These items include sabzeh (wheat or lentil sprouts symbolizing rebirth), samanu (sweet pudding symbolizing affluence), senjed (dried fruit symbolizing love), seer (garlic symbolizing medicine), seeb (apple symbolizing beauty), somāq (sumac berries symbolizing sunrise), and serkeh (vinegar symbolizing patience).

In addition to the Haft-Seen table, EISB hosts a Nowruz assembly, where students showcase their talents through performances of traditional Persian music and dance. Colorful costumes, lively melodies, and graceful movements fill the air, transporting everyone to the heart of Iran’s festive spirit.

As the day draws to a close, the EISB community gathers for a sumptuous feast, featuring an array of traditional Persian dishes. From aromatic rice pilafs to ghormesabzi and chicken kebab pastries, the menu reflects the diverse culinary heritage of Iran, tantalizing taste buds and delighting the senses.

As the final moments of Nowruz fade away, EISB bids farewell to the old year and welcomes the new with hope, optimism, and a renewed sense of unity. Through the celebration of Nowruz, students at EISB not only honor a centuries-old tradition but also embrace the diversity and richness of the global community they are part of.

In the tapestry of cultures woven at EISB, Nowruz shines brightly as a symbol of unity, joy, and the enduring spirit of springtime renewal.

This weblog captures the essence of celebrating Persian New Year at EISB, highlighting its traditions, significance, and the sense of community it fosters among students and staff.

 

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