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Happy Nowruz!

Spring equinox arrives this evening at 8:06 p.m.

As 2024 is a leap year, and as a result spring equinox arrives a little earlier than usual. Along with the return of spring, March 19 is a special date for people of Persian heritage this year, as it marks the festival of Nowruz. Nowruz, which means 'New Day' in Farsi, is celebrated by people around the world, many of whom hail from central and south Asia. Music, dancing, food, fire jumping – this is a holiday that has it all.

Even Google is getting into the celebratory mood this year, with a Google doodle devoted to the spring celebration.

While the annual fire jumping event was held last week at Ambleside Park, plenty of upcoming events celebrating Nowruz are on the calendar. These include story times at West Vancouver Memorial and North Van District Libraries, as well as the Museum of North Vancouver Archives (MONOVA) and a dance performance by the Amed Dance Academy at North Van City Hall on March 22 at 4 p.m.

However you celebrate, The Watershed wishes all a most welcome return of spring and joyous Nowruz!

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