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Nowruz Spring Festival taking place this weekend

By Yali Chen
The 2019 Nowruz Spring Festival in Taiwan, organized by ICAA Taiwan and Taipei Silk Road Cultural Center, has kicked off at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall. The New Year celebrations, including the Nowruz New Year Concert and Nowruz Spring Bazaar, are taking place this weekend.
People celebrate the New Year all over the world. Some begin the New Year on January 1, others connect the New Year not just to the solar cycle but also to the phases of the moon, and still others look forward to the spring equinox, around March 21, when the sun is over the equator, and day and night are exactly the same length of time. The Persian people call that day “Nowruz” – the “new day” of the New Year.

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The Nowruz New Year Concert is taking place this weekend at the Taipei Zhongshan Hall.

It has been celebrated for over 3000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other regions. The New Year celebrations vary from place to place. Iranian people participate in fire-jumping, river-jumping, and rope-walking rituals. Kyrgyz people enjoy horse racing and traditional wrestling.
The Nowruz Spring Bazaar is taking place this weekend. People from Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran who reside in Taiwan are showing their cultures, traditional clothing, traditional crafts, food, and tourist attractions. This event is free and open to the public.

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People from Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey who reside in Taiwan are showing their traditional cultures at the Nowruz Spring Bazaar this weekend.
This year’s Nowruz New Year Concert focuses on traditional and innovative music from Kyrgyz and Kazakhstan, as well as Uzbek and Tajik dance. On the weekend, Kyrgyz musicians Eleman and Aibek Duet are set to show their superb skills by playing the komuz – an ancient string instrument used in Central Asian music. Dancers Shirin Jalilova and Sevilya from the Tashkent State School of National Dance and Choreography in Uzbekistan are slated to present the diversity of Central Asian dance.
Special guests include Kazakh guitarist Abai Murat and Taiwanese singer Hsiao Cheng-jui on March 23, plus Persian tambourine player Mona Agangari and Taiwanese percussionist Cheng Ya-hsin on March 24.
Tickets are now available at https://www.artsticket.com.tw/. For more details, visit https://www.zsh.gov.taipei/.