According to the solar calendar, Nowruz is the New Year holiday celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and Turkic peoples. Tomsk Polytechnic University celebrates this holiday for the third time. This year it brings together the representatives from the Caucasus, Tatarstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and India.
“Being the holiday of solidarity, Nowruz unites various peoples. For the international students studying in Tomsk this holiday is very important as they are far from their homeland. It allows them to feel like home, pull together and make new friends. Besides, Tomsk citizens get familiar with the culture of international students; the tradition to celebrate Nowruz is not an exception,”
says Maria Vorotilo, a staff member of the TPU Center for Social Work.
Nowruz is the holiday for everyone. Visitors will enjoy a concert and an entertainment programme prepared by the students from TPU and other universities, as well as representatives of national communities and municipal foreign unions. Among the performers there will be nine creative teams presenting the Caucasus, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh and Tatar dances; Indian dance studio, including students from India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Everyone may take part in Nowruz traditional games during the performance.
Guests may participate in ten games, including the traditional Kazakh game Arkan Tartu (tug of war), Kyrgyz youth game Ak Cholmok (looking for an object blindfolded) and Kyrgyz national game Kok-Boru (“grey wolves” competition).
The exhibition of national crafts and Yurta photo zone in the style of nomads of Central Asia will be opened during the whole time of the celebration.