Keimyung University holds ‘Nawruz’, a Central Asian spring festival
- In commemoration of the spring equinox, the spring festival ‘Nawruz’ was held at Keimyung University’s
Seongseo Campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 21(Mon).
- In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Uzbekistan, an
honorary doctorate of Fine Arts conferral ceremony on Akmal Nuridinov, President of Uzbekistan's
Academy of Arts, was also held.
In commemoration of the spring equinox, Keimyung University held the ‘Nawruz’ event, a folk festival of Central Asian countries and a cultural festival to welcome spring. This event was hosted by Keimyung University’s Academia Via Serica and was sponsored by Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Republic of Korea, and Korea Foundation. In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan was invited as a guest country of honor and Akmal Nuridinov, president of Uzbekistan's Academy of Arts, attended the event.
The ‘Nawruz’ event held at Keimyung University’s Seongseo Campus from 11 a.m. on March 21 (Mon) consisted of various programs such as ▲Central Asian Cultural Festival, ▲President Akmal Nuridinov's special lecture on ‘Navoi's influence in the world of Nur's work’, ▲ Uzbekistan Online Film Festival etc.
At the cultural festival, five booths operated by international students from each country, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Turkey, and another by Academia Via Serica, were set up and people could experience Central Asian culture, including traditional foods, traditional clothes, crafts exhibitions and traditional games. In addition, the 'Uzbekhistan Online Film Festival', where Uzbek films that are normally difficult to access, was held from March 21 (Mon) to March 25 (Fri) on the Academia Via Serica homepage (https://www.censcakmu.org) where and a total of four films were shown.
Keimyung University conferred an honorary doctorate of fine arts on Akmal Nuridinov, president of Uzbekistan's Academy of Arts. President Akmal Nuridinov was conferred the honorary title of "People's Artist of Uzbekistan" in 2005 and has devotedly been doing his best to promote Uzbekistan's culture and arts through various activities and to strengthen exchanges and communication after he was elected President of Uzbekistan's Academy of Arts in March 2012. Also, in recognition of his contribution to the spread of the Korean Wave through cultural exchange projects with Korea, he is conferred the honorary doctorate of fine arts.
President of Keimyung University remarked that,“It is an honor to hold the Nawruz event, which marks a new day in Central Asia, at Keimyung University” and, “We are especially grateful to President Akmal Nuridinov for visiting us from afar, and I hope that this event will bring a new day to all of us, enriching our lives through exposing us to other civilizations.”
Although the names of 'Nawruz' are slightly different for each country(Novruz, Nowrouz, Navruz, Nauroz, and Nevruz), it is a holiday that has been observed for a long time in Central Asian countries, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It is also a commemorative day and cultural festival to end the long cold winter and greet the spring equinox, and also signifies the New Year's Day. Nawruz is a Central Asian folk-season that signals the arrival of spring, and various festivals are held every year in the spring equinox. It was designated as a ‘UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ in 2009, and the ‘World Festival of Nawruz’ was declared at the UN General Assembly in 2010. It is a folk festival and cultural festival similar to Dano in Korea, and Keimyung University held two other events in 2015 and 2016.