Lyndon Institute students celebrate Persian New Year

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STUDENTS CELEBRATE NOROOZ: THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR -- Lyndon Institute international students Benafsha Sohail from Afghanistan, Tianian (Tina) Jiang from China, and World Languages teacher Roberta Gillot, are pictured in front of a traditional setting to celebrate Norooz, the Persian New Year. This ancient holiday, honored for thousands of years, marks the first day of spring and celebrates renewal and birth. A traditional ceremonial table display is set up called the sofreh-ye haft-sinn (cloth of seven dishes). The haft-sinn table is set with the Kitab-i-Aqdas or Holy Book, flowers, a bowl of goldfish, a mirror, candles and painted eggs and seven traditional foods each starting with the letter "s" in Persian. This table remains in the family home for 13 days after the start of the holiday. The haft-sinn table and meal were prepared by host Nancy Bundgus and her daughter, Nancy Lou who reside in Peacham.

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