Iranian new year
Yesterday was Nowruz, the Persian New Year, often celebrated with bonfires and fireworks.
To help our friends mark this occasion we made a special effort and went to Dunkirk taking music, dates, apricot and pistasio nuts as well as our normal distribution of coats and clothing packs.
The volunteers also made up gifts of toys for the children and, for the ladies, traditional flower gifts to celebrate.
Traditional dancing commenced and, as the afternoon progressed, more and more people arrived and joined in. So much fun was had by the refugees and volunteers who enjoyed being part of the 3,000-year-old festival.
Celebrating Nowruz was an emotional and happy day, remembering home. We continue to hope our friends find a new home one day.