On March 21 the residents of the AUCA Dormitory had a celebration of a Holiday that
indicates the beginning of so long-awaited spring, which we call Nooruz, Eastern New Year. This
celebration was organized for all guys living in the dormitory in order to share cultural experience by
celebrating the Holiday which is appreciated and loved by the representatives of almost all nationalities.
Several days prior to the date, students started to draw paintings dedicated to Nooruz celebration, and
on the 21st March the committee consisting of several representatives of AUCA administration picked
three best ones out of all great ones. This competition showed how talented and creative our students
are, thus it was a very hard decision to pick just three pictures.
Students organized a concert with dances, songs and cultural presentation. We saw the beauty of
traditional national songs, music, customs and dances of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and
Kazakhstan. There were guests from NGA, International and PR departments who enjoyed the event and
took an active part in the celebration.
After the official part, dormitory residents enjoyed traditional food as national breads, boorsoks, chak-
chak and national drinks as chalap, maksym and jarma. Afterwards, guys had disco party and played
traditional games as Ak Terek Kok Terek and others.
We believe that as an international community, we all need this kind of events, which make us closer to
each other. Such holidays as Nooruz help us to know more about various cultures and customs, which
show how we all are different yet alike, and even if we all call it differently (Nooruz, Navruz, Nowruz,
Nauryz) we celebrate it as the beginning of shinny happy days, which are so needed for all of us.