Celebrating Nooruz

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Chaharshanbe Suri at Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
(Image: mohammadali / CC, Flickr)

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Written by Tamara Lee, originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2014

Happy Nooruz!

Nooruz is the Persian New Year. Sometimes it is spelled “Nowruz” and sometimes it is spelled “Norooz”. The word means “new day” in the Persian language. It is a time to celebrate the first day of spring and the first day of the Persian new year.

One of our readers wrote an explanation of Nooruz. You can read Saha’s article by clicking here. You can listen to the audio version of the article by clicking this link.

Go to this website for more information about Nooruz. You can also see a clock counting down the minutes to the new year!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver, B.C.
Photo by Kim Stallknecht/The Vancouver Sun

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Written by Nila Gopaul. Originally posted to The Westcoast Reader, March 2015

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday.
On this day, people celebrate
the life of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick was born in the year 387.
He brought Christianity to Ireland.
Experts believe St. Patrick
died on March 17, 461.
So this is the day the holiday is observed.
Watch Irish dancing and listen to Irish language on the next page.

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