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Happy Nowruz!

Spring Equinox a Traditional Time for Celebration

This joyous welcome to springtime is celebrated around the world in Persian, Syrian, Kurdish and many other cultures. Celebrations of this first day of the Iranian New Year coincide with the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

Festivities begin in Mid-March and continue throughout the month around the Lower Mainland. On the North Shore, events include picnics, fire festivals, Farsi language story-time for children and more. This year's celebrations are tempered somewhat by an awareness of the social and political upheaval in Iran.

If you'd like a peek at some visuals from around the globe, the Guardian has some gorgeous pictures HERE. The Watershed extends warmest wishes to those who celebrate in Lions Bay!

Does your family celebrate Nowruz? We'd love to hear about it. Share your experiences in the comment section below, or write to The Watershed at

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Happy Nowruz! Sharing this photo of Amal and Agid who Lions Bay supported in 2017 celebrating Nowruz with their extended family in Burnaby over the weekend.

kc dyer
kc dyer
Mar 25, 2023
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Alison! Amazing picture -- thank you for sharing!


Wow, outstanding pix from the Guardian. So colourful! Had no idea that Nowruz was celebrated in so many countries.

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