Parsa’s Perspective: March 2023
With February coming to an end, March will welcome the start of the spring. The month of March marks a joyous time for many of us who celebrate the festivities that come along with the new season. These cheerful celebrations, which will be held across our community during the upcoming month, deserve honourable mentions and recognition.
To begin with, I look forward to celebrating the second anniversary of Persian Heritage Month. Following the legacy of the passing of Bill 271 in 2021 by the Ontario Legislature, I will join the province in commemorating and learning more about the long-standing cultural tradition of the Persian-community in Ontario. The Persian community has made significant contribution to the growth of Ontario’s industries and businesses, which has had a major role in supporting other communities in the region.
Another event in March that the community anticipates with enthusiasm is celebrating Nowruz, the time where multiple festivities are held in honour of the Persian New Year. Haft-sin tables are set up in homes and shops to symbolize the jubilant transition into the spring equinox and to bring forth blessings for a bright future. In warm spirits, families, friends and loved ones gather around to celebrate Nowruz and wish each other a prosperous New Year.
Around the end of March and proceeding into April marks Ramadan, an ancient tradition observed by the Muslim communities around the world. Muslim households in the riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill will be fasting and demonstrating acts of compassion and generosity. This period of deep personal worship is a time for self-reflection and to build stronger and closer bonds with their loved ones.
Beginning on March 8th, the Hindu community will be celebrating Holi, a sacred holiday that encourages joy and positivity among family and friends. Holi features a boisterous festival where those in attendance participate by throwing of coloured and vibrant powdered dye. This Festival of Colours symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and the promotion of unity in the community.
During the spring break, on March 17th, we will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, a heritage holiday celebrated by Irish Ontarians across the province. Public parades and festivals are held in honour of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Attendees of these gatherings dress in green to represent the shamrock, the Irish national plant.
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