On the 23rd of March, our Persian community celebrated Persian New Year and Nowruz at the Hills Campus in Sydney, Australia, and our Persian Community leader, Dariush Youkhaneh, shared his thoughts on the evening:
For over 3,000 years many countries around Western and Central Asia have traditionally marked the Northern Hemisphere Spring with big community celebrations, and we at the Hills Campus were no exception! It was our biggest Persian Community gathering of the year, with more than 150 people attending the event. Our community gathered to have fun, worship, and break bread together. We also gathered to remember God’s greatness over the past year and make ready our hearts for a strong year ahead.
As per tradition, a beautiful Haft-Seen (“The Seven Seens”) – the arrangement of seven symbolic items – were prominently displayed at a table. All families brought a delicious plate of food to share for dinner; one of the families brought a big dish of ash (a Persian Cuisine stew) and another family brought hot bread from their family-owned bakery.
Partnering with local Persian worshippers, we had worship songs beautifully sung in the Persian language. It was wonderful to see people raising up their hands to thank God for His goodness. I am continually amazed with how God beautifully works in our community’s life.
Ps Kim, multicultural pastor shared on Lamentation 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” She encouraged the community of Gods everlasting love, new mercies and God’s faithfulness towards us.
I asked one of the gentlemen in attendance what he thought of the evening and he said, “I have really enjoyed it and we want more nights like this more often over the year”.
What a great thing to hear!
We met new people, had fun, and felt the love and unity in Christ. We had great food and the vibe was completely awesome – so awesome that people stayed till very late in the evening to talk and chat.
A big thank you to those who were involved and served at this event. And thank you, Hillsong Church – we love you so much and honour you all!