Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, has been celebrated for over 3,000 years by Iranian and Turkic people, as well as by other ethno-linguistic groups. Typically on the day of the spring equinox, Nowruz is about celebrating the return of the light and the coming of spring. Households are cleaned, special food is made, tables are displayed with symbolic items and flowers, and visits are made to friends and family. Several of our students at Lincoln Academy celebrate this holiday and so we tried to find a way to help them enjoy the day as the would at home.

First, we needed friends:

In particular, friends with a desire to cook! This group had some real motivation. I can only imagine what that is like to live so far from home for so long….the chance to make something that will remind you of home must be so exciting.

We had two different types of food to make.


And Samsa (a meat pie).

When the time came to eat….I could barely get my camera in for a photo.

These students attacked the food voraciously!

They loved every last bit. So, we accomplished a couple of the Nowruz traditions: visiting family and friends, and having special food for the day.

Not only that, but we got a chance to gain some culinary confidence and impress our peers.

Happy Nowruz!!