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>Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Nowruz, the celebration of the Persian New Year. The word Nowruz means “new day” and the holiday is observed annually in a number of countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbajian and Tajikistan.
Persians living abroad such as U.S. attend a Nowruz party to celebrate the season of hope and renewal. I was invited to a my first Nowruz celebration at the Rome Ballroom of UConn. campus by a good Iranian friend, Bernadette. The party started slowly with the welcoming address from the Iranian Association of UConn., followed by a brief poetry reading and a classical Persian music performance on the acoustic guitar.
But when the DJ played the Persian music, it’s the women (and kids) that came onto the dance floor first. The Persian dance itself is highly individualistic and heavily relies on solo improvisation. And it is totally normal for women to dance with women. In fact, it wasn’t until much later and the lights dimmed that the men joined the floor in a group based ensemble setting. And well into the night, the dance floor resembled one big dance circle with everyone dancing together.
I had such a great time, completely immersing myself in the Nowruz celebration; eating delicious Persian pastries, taking photos and whirling away Persian-style. Although, it took me by a huge surprise when I was approached by several Persians throughout the night and spoken to in Farsi. Perhaps it was my comfortableness with the surrounding that led them to believe I was one of them. Now that I think about it … it must have been my dancing.
>Directly from Poland, The Magnificent Mazowsze returned to Waterbury, Conn. on Dec.10 at the Palace Theater as part of this magnificent ensemble’s 60th Anniversary Tour. The holiday program included a thrilling display of dazzling movement, vibrant color and stunning beauty.
>Diana and Mike Fuller tied the knot in an [blank] ceremony on August 28, 2010 at The Mill on the River in South Windsor. I mean, I’m sure it was wonderful and emotional, filled with joy and laughs … but I wouldn’t know. As usual I was late for the exchange of the marriage vows part. But, more importantly, I did make the cocktail hour and the rest of the party. Below are some of my faves from the wedding.
>Dozynki, also known as Polish Harvest Festival celebrated its 30th year over the weekend. Speaking with one of the members of the Festival Committee, I learned that it’s actually its 29th year since it was started in 1980. One year, the festival was skipped. At the annual Dożynki Harvest Festival, visitors can find yellow and brown amber jewelry from the Baltic Sea, big selection of Polska-branded hats, T-shirts and other souvenirs and of course traditional foods such as smoked kielbasa, pierogi and gołąbki. And mine favorite, potato pancakes.
Weather on Saturday was gorgeous for the opening of Dozynki Festival and the day brought many Poles and non-Poles alike to the Falcon Field in New Britain.
>Twins Days is the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. It takes place in a town of Twinsburg, Ohio and it’s open to all multiples; twins, triplets, quads, identical and fraternal, young and old. Twins Days, Inc. was founded in 1976 and it’s mission is to provide a vehicle for celebrating the uniqueness of twins and other multiples.
Twins Days packs an array of exciting activities for the two-day festival. There’s a Double Take parade, golf tournament, twins contests, twins talent show, twins research, 5K race, wiener roast, raffle, twins group photo, fireworks display and much more. And when the sun goes down, adult twins get together for karaoke and dancing, followed by an after party, and an after-after party.
We, meaning Viola and I have known about such festival for few years and always wanted to attend. Luckily, this year we were finally able to go. We have enjoyed our time in Twinsburg and the festival so much that we plan on making this event an annual destination in the years to come!
>The city of New Britain sponsored its 16th annual Great American Boom celebration and fireworks show on Sunday at Stanley Quarter Park.
>There is only one sport I can tolerate watching. In fact, I actually enjoy it. Ever since I was little, ten, eleven-years-old, I’ve been watching professional boxing with my dad. I think it all started when I saw my dad and his friends watching a Mike Tyson fight. And I think it was the bloody punches and the stunning knockouts that grasped my interest in the sport. But I also like it because there’s nothing scripted about it, nothing choreographed or staged. Boxing is very real and very gritty.
I especially enjoy watching boxing if a Polish boxer is in the ring. I’ve watched and cheered on Andrew Golota’s every fight but now Poland has a new champion – Tomasz Adamek. Tomasz Adamek is currently the best Polish fighter and a holder of an IBF International Heavyweight Title.
The Prudential Center was electric on Saturday night, February 6, as Adamek took on Estrada in a fight to defend his IBF International Heavyweight belt. The overwhelming majority of attendance was there in support of the Polish-born Adamek, waving the Polish flags and cheering wildly for him. Enthusiasm and happiness for seeing him win was outrages. Polish people love their patriots. And in the end, the Polish fans were not disappointed. The bout went to all twelve rounds with the unanimous decision in favor of Adamek.