Dozens of students and community members gathered in Orange Coast College’s Multicultural Center today to celebrate Persian New Year. The event, which has been hosted in the cafeteria and academic center in recent years, showcased food, art and history of Persian Culture.
Organizer Vida Shajie, an EOPS counselor and founder of the Persian Student Society club in the year 2000, said she was encouraged by the Dean of Literature and Languages Michael Mandelkern to host the event in the Multicultural Center.
Shajie said the goal of the new year event was to enlighten and educate the Persian students on campus of the values and customs of the culture.
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Attendees entering the Persian New Year event in the Multicultural Center are greeted by Azalia Rashidipoor, a 33-year-old liberal arts major, dressed in traditional Persian attire.
The largest of the three tables at the event covered in decorative art and books pertaining to topics such as Persian history, art, and caligraphy.
Vida Shajie, an EOPS counsellor, gives a talk on the values and customs of Persian New Year to the audience members.
The center table of the event displays objects and symbols representing the seven values of the New Year.
Students and community members serve themselves from a large spread of traditional Persian food on offer for attendees to experience.
Traditional cookies made from chick peas, rice, and other common Persian ingredients line plates and cake trays.