The University of Delaware published an article this past week about a dinner held last weekend by the Persian Student Society. The event hosted 250 people in the Trabant Multipurpose room for the celebration of Norwuz. This holiday has been celebrated in Persia since the 2ndcentury. It is not only a celebration of the Persian New Year it is acknowledgement of the first day of spring.
Roses and tulips symbolize the holiday in Persia. A huge mirror faced guests in the Trabant room to focus them on reflection and new birth. Students told the Delaware Review reporter that in their country 13 days are set aside from career responsibilities to properly celebrate this holiday. In New York City Persians began holding a traditional parade in 2002 to celebrate Norwuz.
Persians were once nomadic shepherds who lived in the Iranian plateau in 850 B.C. The plateau is bordered by the Tigres River and the Persian Gulf.
When Cyrus the Great came to power in ancient Persia he advanced his country’s power to defeat the Median, the Lydian, and the Babylonian Empires. At the high mark of Persian power, the empire covered areas of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Due to the vastness of its size and the differences in multi-ethnic-cultural values, the government became weak enough to be conquered Alexander the Great.
Iran is the political name for Persia today. Students from the University of Delaware told school reporters that they regard Norwuz as a positive way to demonstrate Persian culture. The traditional dinner has been held on campus for several years.
Meanwhile down in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, Congressman King from the State of New York has acted as chairman of the first Homeland Security hearing on Islamic radicalization. Fifty democrats including 2 Muslims asked him to cancel the March 10thmeeting. Parents of children who have converted to the Muslim religion were set to testify. Many of those young people defected to Muslim countries. Several private citizens and three congress people were also present to tell their stories and give their opinions.
King represents the 3rddistrict of New York which includes towns like Bellmore, Farmingdale, Islip, Locust Grove, and Woodbury. The population of the district is 90% white which includes Jewish constituents. Fifty-five per cent of residents live in the context of a nuclear family.
The date for the next hearing on Islamic radicalization has not been set. While Congressman King obviously presents with the background check appropriate to his position, there are reports and concerns that he may have once been an IRA supporter.