A Persian celebration at its best

THERE was a Flamenco guitarrecital, and Iranian traditionalmusic and dance performancesby Iranian students. Therewere even a couple of Iraniancelebrities.

Those were some of the highlights at the Iranian Night organised by the Limkokwing University Iranian community recently to celebrate Noruz, or the Iranian New Year.

The event was a Persian celebration at its best as the Iranian community in the Klang Valley marked the occasion at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology campus in Cyberjaya.

Traditional ritual:Revellers participatingin the Iranianbonfire dance.

Limkokwing University president Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing said the university had always endorsed cultural events, especially those organised by its students, as such events showcased the diversity of its student population.

“We recognise that programmes like the Iranian Night are vital as they create cultural understanding among the students. They also enable our students to embrace other cultures and learn to live harmoniously.

“This is in line with the university’s aspiration of producing globally focused graduates keen to tackle the challenges of a globalised marketplace,” he added.

The university also advocates cultural exchange efforts to bridge divides between cultures and nations.

Stand-up comedian Behzad Mo-hammadi – one of the top Iranian comedians – said he liked Malaysia as “it’s quite similar to Iran, in terms of tradition and culture.”

Meanwhile, Farhad Javaher Ka-lam, a 31-year-old child psychologist-turned-national footballer-turned-popular composer and pop singer found Malaysians very warm and friendly.

“I would like to come again and perform for a bigger audience,” he added.

In line with Iranian tradition, this year’s Iranian Night – the third organised at the campus – culminated with a bonfire or charbanshe soori at the university’s plaza.

In Iran, bonfires are lit on the eve of Noruz and people jump over the fire in a purification rite which, Iranians believe, will get rid of all their illnesses and misfortunes.

The Iranians hope that, with the help of fire and lights, enlightenment and happiness will prevail throughout the coming year and that their wishes will come true.

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