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Students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London embraced the celebration of Kurdish New Year last week and the chance to learn more about other traditions and cultures.

Learners from the College’s BRACE programme (which stands for Building Relationships Amongst Cultures Everywhere) helped run the event on March 18 at the Tottenham Centre.

Newroz refers to the traditional new year holiday in Kurdish society. 

It coincides with the spring equinox and usually falls on March 21.  Newroz means “new day”.

Hundreds of learners and staff enthusiastically cheered on the presenters, singers and dancers who performed.

Apart from traditional costumes, dancing, music and song, students were also eager to try samples of Turkish and Kurdish food.

Bright coloured clothes and flags of green, red and yellow (the colours of the Kurdish people) were also featured on the day.

Besime Durmaz (who is studying a course in Public Services and is a member of BRACE) said it was fun to get involved and bring the celebration to a new audience that might not have been familiar with such customs.

“Celebrating Newroz helps people understand more about Kurdish and Turkish culture.  We want people to be more culturally aware right across the College,” she said.

Karlene Sutherland, Project Manager of BRACE, said she was very pleased with the success of the event.

“It’s important for our students to learn about the various cultures that help make our College what it is today.  The Newroz celebration got people up off their seats and they joined in the dancing and tried different food.  Participation is key to learning,” she said.

Another Newroz celebration will be held at the College’s Enfield Centre on March 31 from 12.30pm to 2pm.

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