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Nowruz Bayram celebration, a new realia at Mordovia State University
Nowruz Bayram celebration, a new realia at Mordovia State University

21st of March is a traditional holiday in Iran, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Yemen, some parts of India, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan etc. which celebrates the New Year and the coming of Spring. The celebration was held at N.P.Ogarev Mordovia State University on the premises of the newspaper «Voice of Mordovia University».

The international students attending the celebration explained that Nowruz or "new day" is one of the ancient holidays. Historians trace its origins back to prehistoric times. In 2009 Nowruz was added to the UNESCO list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. And since March 21, 2015 it holds the status of an International holiday. In the countries of Central Asia and neighboring Kazakhstan it is celebrated as a national holiday. This holiday is a symbol of renewal, fertility and friendship.

This is the day to welcome guests for whom you are preparing food. Following the tradition international students also prepared national dishes: pilaw, manti, vegetable salads, bawyrsaks (Central Asian fried doughs) etc. One of the main organisers of the celebration, the chairman of the Union of International Students - Shakir Khudayarov - speaking about the role of such events for international students, emphasised that they serve as a basis for strengthening friendship between peoples. Isn’t it what we are all longing for?

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