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From burgers to fire jumping, Persian New Year’s got it all.

The UNC Amphitheatre drew a hungry crowd March 13 as students flocked to the sound of music and the smell of a free barbecue.

The UBCO Persian Students’ Club hosted the annual Festival of Fire last Tuesday in celebration of the eve of the last Tuesday of the Persian Solar Year. According to the president of the club, Moein Ahmadipour, the event is an opportunity to “gather together, party, and make a bonfire.” At the centre of the celebration was a continually burning fire pit, and according to Ahmadipour, it is a Persian tradition to jump over the flames as a means of purification.

The Persian Students’ Club has been open to students at UBCO for over five years.

“The event is an opportunity to ‘gather together, party, and make a bonfire.’”

“We’re trying to continue this culture, and so we have this event every year,” said Ahmadipour. The club will be holding events all throughout the last few weeks of March, all in celebration of the new year. The Festival of Fire is just one of the many Persian Culture Series of Events that Ahmadipour and others have been working to set up. One of them, the Persian New Year event, will take place on March 20.

“We’ll have a table that shows off our culture in the EME foyer,” said Ahmadipour. “And then the next event is the Ceremony for the Persian New Year that’s going to be on Sunday the 25, which is held in the ballroom.”

Ahmadipour emphasized the fact that these events are public and that everybody is welcome to come celebrate, regardless of their cultural background.

Ahmadipour explained that there is a growing number of Persian students at the Okanagan campus, most of whom are Graduate or PhD students. In fact, Ahmadipour himself is a PhD student in the field of Civil Engineering and will be taking his degree this spring.

For more information on the Persian Students’ Club, check out their Facebook page. Alternatively, you can email Moein Ahmadipour directly at moein.a@gmail.com.

“We will be very happy to have everyone from all over the campus at our events,” said Ahmadipour.

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