Iran's Booth and Persian Culture at UCAS's 40th Anniversary Cultural Festival

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  • Published: 2018-10-26
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When it comes to introducing a country and its nation, the culture could probably be the best theme among the choices. This is due to the fact that a nation's culture could deal with various aspects and belongings of the people's Lives, from a collection of shared historic memories, myths and heroes, religion, and literature to local music, food, and numerous traditions. Therefore, the decision by the UCAS to hold a cultural festival on the University's 40th anniversary could be really appreciated since such events pave the way for better intercultural understandings, which can inspire stronger friendship among different nations and their representatives of their scholars' societies. In this regard, for instance, China and Iran (Persia) have been close friends for millennia during the course of history, and this fact has already prepared the background for the growing friendship which can date back to even before the construction of the Great Wall. 

Iranian students of UCAS were glad to be part of the festival and although it was their first experience there, they tried their best to arrange a collection of some of the cultural aspects of their nation to celebrate it together with other international students and attendees. Thanks to supports from the International College, a series of posters were prepared in which with a theme of the Silk Road, a glimpse of the history of ancient Persia (Iran) and its geography wasintroduced.

 

The diversity of Iranian handicrafts has just a few international parallels (UNESCO); thus, few of such crafts were exhibited including traditional printed cloths (Qalamkar), enamel works (Minakari), inlaid works (Khatamkar) with Iranian miniature, and traditional engravings (Qalamzani).

To introduce the country and its nation inmore details to other international friends, a postal card was prepared and printed introducing a bit of Iranian magnificent cultural heritage, few of Iranian scholars, panoramas of the country's delightful nature, and an Iranian miniature was shown. The name of each respected visitor was written in Persian language using an Iranian calligraphic style on the which was greatly admired and brought a wonderful joy to them.

A culture might be also tasted through its cuisine! In this regard, Iranian students prepared a few types of Iranian food including an Iranian pudding, a traditional dessert, and some especial cookies found in some cities in Iran.

Further, to hear a bit of the Iranian culture, the students offered a sample performance of the Persian percussion to visitors played on Iranian traditional instruments.

Overall, we could feel that the moments of a cultural fest can be very delightful since one can know some people from different parts of the world and oneself better in such events, which offers an experience of a number of countries that a person might not find the chance to travel to during his whole life. In the end, we would like to express our gratitude to the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the International College staff to kindly support the international and help them to organize this magnificent festival.