On 22 March, international students of Voronezh State Technical University celebrated Nowruz – the New Year under solar calendar that is celebrated among the Iranian and Turkic people. The event held in the 1st building of VSTU located at 20-letiya Oktyabrya st., 84, was participated by international and Russian students as well as staff members of the university. On behalf of academic administration of VSTU Vice-rector for student affairs Anton Khodunov welcomed and congratulated all present.
‘Celebration of Nowruz is an important tradition of our university, which helps to promote solidarity among nations and different communities,’ stressed Anton Mikhailovich. ‘Such festivals give international students a possibility to feel connection to their countries. Last, but not least, the holiday is a perfect opportunity to learn about cultures of other nations.’
It should be noted that the event was attended by the Cultural Attaché of the Republic of Iraq Embassy in Russia, Habeeb Mtashar Abood. During his visit to the university he congratulated students on the feast of spring renewal. Director of the Institute of International Education of VSTU Valeriya Budko welcomed the audience and stressed the importance of international cooperation.
On that day, international students of VSTU performed folk dances and songs. Guests of the event got a chance to explore traditions, national arts and crafts exhibition, and tasted delicious oriental dishes, cooked by students from Afghanistan, the Republic of Iraq, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Reference: Nowruz is an ancient holiday celebrated by residents of many Asian countries and several regions of Russia on 21 March, on the date of the spring equinox. In addition, according to a solar calendar, which is officially used in Afghanistan and Iran, Nowruz is the first day of the coming New Year, which symbolizes renewal of a human being and nature, the awakening of the ground after cold weather.