Winter is coming to an end and we are all welcoming spring. For most “My Way” students, spring is a time for celebration. It’s a new year and a new beginning. Most immigrants from Azerbaijan still find a way to keep their culture close to them and celebrate Novruz, in America. Novruz is the Azeri New Year, as well as the arrival of spring. It is the most acknowledged and most ancient holiday in all of Azerbaijan.
Seeing as how so many of the kids in “My Way” are a part of the Azerbaijani culture, we make it a priority to celebrate the holiday in some form, within the walls of our center.
Our art instructor by the name of, Emin Guliyev, is an immigrant from Azerbaijan and has always found a way to teach about the holiday in his art classes. Children paint and draw images we would commonly see on the dinner table during Novruz, or people in traditional costumes getting ready for the celebration.
The “My Way” dance ensemble, Rhythms of Caucasus prepares dances to be performed at events specifically created for the celebration of Novruz. They spend all their dance classes getting ready to show the beauty of spring through dance to the entire audience. This gives us a chance to not only celebrate the New Year, but also educate those who have never heard of Novruz and explain to them what this day really means to us.
“My Way” is looking forward to welcoming spring with all of you, and we hope this new year brings forth a lot of light, beauty and happiness into each and every one of your lives.