Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Vaisakhi New Year

On the 26th of April the Sikhs and Hindus celebrated their New Year with live music, entertainment, children’s stage Sikh arts and sporting displays. The colourful celebration is called Vaisakhi and it took place in Handsworth Park. Vaisakhi is also a celebration of the Sikhs Harvest and of the formation of the Sikh Nation. Some residents of Wesley House went there to appreciate and have some free food and entertainment!
Enjoy the pictures!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Evening Walk

Last Thursday residents of Asbury House got together for a evening walk towards the nearest reservoir. The weather was very good and they had a very nice time together. Not to mention the ducks who got very happy with the bread brought by children. For next Thursday they have organized a photography workshop.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Persian New Year

Last March residents of Wesley House celebrated the Persian New Year. They prepared a beautiful table with different symbols linked to this event. The table is called "Haft Sin", which means "7 S". This is because all symbols put on it start with the letter S in the Persian language. These symbols are:

- Sabze (wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish): symbolizing rebirth
- Samanu (a sweet pudding made from wheat germ): symbolizing affluence
- Senjed (dried fruit of the oleaster tree): symbolizing love
- Sir (garlic): symbolizing health
- Sib (apple): Symbolizing beauty and health
- Somaq (sumac berries): symbolizing the colour of sunrise
- Sekeh (coins): Symbolizing wealth and prosperity

Besides these, you can also see other items, such as:
- A bowl with a Gold Fish: sign of life
- Decorated Eggs: sign of fertility
- A poetry book and/or a holy book (Such as Quran - the holy book of Muslims or Avesta the holy book of Zoroastrianism which is the religion of Iranians before Islam)
- Mirror: symbolizing cleanness and honesty

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Asbury Spring Party

The residents of Asbury Overseas House had a very good time on the 2nd of April 2009. People from different cultures and nations got together to celebrate the new season and the community that they had experienced in the house! As always, parties in Asbury are very significant for the variety of food and people. Not mentioning all different aroma of the food being prepared by the residents all over the house.

Spring is the season when see life being renewed: in flowers, trees and animals. It is also a great time for discovering the blessings of life in community. Something one can really feel when taking part in Asbury's gatherings. In occasions like that people spare time to meet each other and celebrate the life! As always, with good food, good chatting and of course, great friends!!"

Hope you enjoy the pictures, and fell free to post out your comments.

Friday, 3 April 2009

On the 14th March (Saturday) Wesley International House and Asbury Overseas House had their first Football Match. Everybody had a good day!! Thanks for all who came!