Ottawa, March 20, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement to mark Nowruz:
“For Canadians of Persian and Central Asian descent, the spring equinox brings not only a new season, but also the ancient and joyful celebrations of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.
“The word Nowruz translates to ‘New Day,’ a phrase that captures the spirit of renewal, rejuvenation, and hope for the future that characterizes the celebrations.
“From picnics and bonfires, to flower displays and spring cleaning, Nowruz brings with it a variety of customs to ring in the New Year. It is filled with celebration and symbols: the Haft Sīn (a traditional table setting of seven items displaying the blessings of life), delicious samanu dessert, and the planting of trees and sowing of seeds representing spring. The occasionis a time for family, friends, and neighbours to gather together and renew their bonds after the long winter.
“Although Nowruz has its origins in ancient Persia, it has become an annual Canadian tradition thanks to the great cultural legacy that Canadians of Persian and Central Asian heritage have contributed to our country over many years.
“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I wish Nowruz Mubarak to everyone celebrating the Persian New Year.”