Iranian Night

IT was a night to remember as members of the Iranian community at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology campus in Cyberjaya, Selangor, celebrated Noruz, or the Iranian New Year.

Organised by the university's Iranian community for the third year running, the Iranian Night celebration was filled with fun and glitter.

There were various performances which kept the audience enthralled, including a Flamenco guitar recital and Iranian traditional dances.

A traditional dance by Limkokwing's Iranian students had the audienceenthralled.

There were also guest appearances by Iranian celebrities.

Limkokwing University president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing said that the university has always endorsed holding cultural events as they not only showcase the diversity of the student population but also promote cultural understanding.

“We recognise that programmes such as ‘Iranian Night’ play an important role in enhancing ties and fostering understanding and cooperation amongst students,” said Lim.

“By exposing our students to different cultures and traditions, they learn to work and live harmoniously together.

“This is in line with our university’s aspiration to produce graduates who can take on the challenges of competing and collaborating in an increasingly globalised marketplace,” he added.

The appearance of Iranian stand-up comedian Behzad Mohammadi and popular singer Farhad Javaher Kalam added a touch of zest and glamour to the night.

“Malaysia is very similar to Iran, especially in terms of tradition and culture,” said Behzad, adding that he liked Malaysia very much.

Farhad Javaher found Malaysians very friendly and warm.

“I would like to come here again and perform to a bigger audience,” said the 31-year old child psychologist who is also a national footballer, composer and popular singer.

The celebrations culminated in a bonfire display, or charbanshe soori, which was held t the university’s plaza.

In Iran, the lighting of the bonfire signifies a purification process.

After the bonfires are lit, Iranians jump over them to get rid of illnesses and misfortune.

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