Happy New Year

Rutherglen Reformer - - Green FIngers - Edel Ke­nealy

Fam­i­lies in To­ry­glen have cel­e­brated the ar­rival of spring with a Per­sian and Kur­dish New Year cel­e­bra­tion at Malls Mire Com­mu­nity Wood­land

More than 120 peo­ple at­tended the event hosted by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land where they en­joyed a range of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing creat­ing nat­u­ral arts and crafts, sto­ry­telling, teach­ings from a herbal­ist for­ager and a camp­fire with out­door cook­ing.

The Per­sian and Kur­dish New Year on March 19, also known as Nowruz or Norooz, tra­di­tion­ally cel­e­brates re­newal as it marks the first day of spring.

Rom­ena Huq of Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land said: “The cel­e­bra­tion had a lovely at­mos­phere from start to fin­ish with tra­di­tional mu­sic, sto­ry­telling and camp­fire singing. The cel­e­bra­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to learn about new cul­tures and ex­pe­ri­ence some unique ac­tiv­i­ties tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with the ar­rival of spring.”

The event was funded by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land as part of its en­gage­ment pro­gramme and or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with The Scot­tish Arab Women As­so­ci­a­tion.

Huda Alar­ishi from the as­so­ci­a­tion said: “It was a per­fect spring day for a cel­e­bra­tion, with fam­i­lies from across the com­mu­nity com­ing along and en­joy­ing the wood­land.”

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