Gold Coast MAGIC supports community organisations towards the developing of their cultural celebrations.
Nowruz (Persian New Year) Celebration, 2009, 2012 & 2013
Nowruz (new day) is a spring festival of Persian origin, celebrated for over 3000 years. It is on March 21st and is honoured in parts of Central Asia, Balkans, Middle East , etc. It has been recognized by the United Nations as the International Day of Nowruz and is on UNESCO's Cultural Heritage list because "Nowruz is an affirmation of life in harmony with nature," they say.
Features of Nowruz Festival:
4 Shanbeh Soori: 4 shanbeh means Wednesday and "Soori" means feast in Persian and people celebrate on the eve before the last Wednesday of the year by setting fire.
They believe that fire is the symbol of the lightness so it's against the darkness. People have an interesting opinion; they believe when they are jumping over a bonfire the lightness of the fire can eliminate their sorrow and grieves and it helps them to pass through the hardships of winter.
Haft-sin (literally 7 S's) are 7 objects started with ëSí or ësiní in Persian, assembled on table along with live goldfish in a crystal jar of water have had a historical and cultural metaphors. Each object represent a well-being subject such as ëHealthí, ëWealthí, ëHappinessí, ëFertilityí, and so on.
GC MAGIC sponsored the Nowruz celebration on the Gold Coast at Albert Water Ways Community Hall, Robina Community Centre in 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Australian-Baltic Friendship Concert , 2008
Australian-Baltic Society's event was held on 12th November 2008. The events combined of dance, music; graft shows and food fair and more than 600 people participated at the event.
Persian NowruzGC MAGIC sponsored Nowruz event which is the most important feast and over 6000 years old among Persians, Kurds, Afghans, and Tajiks.
The event was held on 18th March 2008 at the Albert Waters Ways Community Hall with more than 600 Persian and Non-Persian people participating.