“Nowrouz is not just a nostalgic celebration for me as an Iranian-Canadian. I look at it as the best option to start a new year,” she said.
Celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, Nowrouz (which means ‘new day’) marks the beginning of the new year for more than 300 million people all around the world – including the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.
According to the United Nations, it is a celebratory day that promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families, as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.
“Personally, I take Nowrouz as my pivotal source of hope in life. The rebirth happening in nature every spring reminds me of the fact that no hardship will last forever,” Faraji said.
“And I wanted to share that feeling with TFS students, faculty, and staff. I think we all deserve that reminder after two years of dealing with the chaos changing our lifestyles. Winter is never to stay forever. Spring is here, and we must welcome it.”
The Haft-Seen table Faraji’s now put on display at TFS’s downtown campus consists of an arrangement of the seven primary symbolic items typically used during Nowrouz, as well as a few additional ones, including:
Toronto Film School’s Haft-Seen table will remain on display until the end of March.
For more information about Nowrouz, visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-nowruz-day