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Embracing Diversity: Celebrating Nowruz at Oakwood School

Embracing Diversity: Celebrating Nowruz at Oakwood School
Embracing Diversity: Celebrating Nowruz at Oakwood School

Oakwood School is dedicated to fostering a community that embraces and honors all traditions and cultures. On March 21, we had the pleasure of hosting parent volunteers Paria Bakhtar, Rahill Mirlohi, and Ayda Saffarian who shared the beauty of the Persian New Year with our preschool through 5th-grade students. They graciously shared their customs and traditions, treating Oakwood's faculty and staff to an array of traditional Persian foods and sweets.

The Persian New Year, or Nowruz, holds immense significance in Persian culture. It heralds the arrival of spring and the commencement of a new year, coinciding with the vernal equinox annually.

Nowruz is a time marked by rejuvenation, introspection, and jubilation. Among its cherished customs is the creation of the Haft-Seen table, decorated with symbols representing vitality, prosperity, and wisdom—such as apples, garlic, coins, candles, and mirrors.

Beyond the Haft-Seen table, Persians commemorate the New Year by reconnecting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and relishing in traditional delicacies. These festivities extend over thirteen days, fostering moments of unity and joy.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the parent volunteers for graciously sharing their cultural heritage with our school community, and enriching us with their insights and experiences. At Oakwood School, we firmly believe that embracing diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to cultivating a dynamic and thriving community. We eagerly anticipate continuing to embrace and honor all traditions and cultures in the years ahead.