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Central Asian Awareness Day and Navruz at UW April 20

April 9, 2019

The University of Wyoming’s Central Asian Student Association (CASA) will celebrate its fifth annual Central Asian Awareness Day and Navruz Saturday, April 20. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Science.”

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Though it is free and open to the public, tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, at noon at the Wyoming Union information desk.

Navruz is one of the most treasured holidays in Uzbekistan, says CASA President Dilnoza Khasilova, a UW graduate student. Sometimes known as Persian New Year, Navruz is a chance to celebrate nature, to welcome a new year and to enjoy flavorful food with friends, neighbors and family. Navruz is celebrated on the spring equinox, which is usually March 21. Also known as Nowruz, the holiday is celebrated across Iran and Central Asia, all the way to the Black Sea and the Balkans.

The celebration will feature folk dancer of Central Asia Zamira Salim; a world-recognized master of “doira,” Central Asian percussionist Abbos Kosimov; and recognized Uzbekistan singer Karomat Atajanova. UW’s Central Asian scholars will be introduced to fit the theme, and traditional cuisine will be served, Khasilova says.

CASA, established in October 2011 as a recognized student organization at UW, was formed to create and promote a better understanding of Central Asia and its rich culture and history among students, faculty and local community through involvement, as well as participation in various social and cultural activities.

The organization has presented many cultural events on campus and in the community. CASA has been recognized for the top country display during International Education Week at UW three times. The group’s table was voted the best cultural display by organizers of the event.

“By showing Central Asian heritage, our students develop close relationships and deepened intercultural understanding,” Khasilova says.

For more information about Central Asian Awareness Day, email Khasilova at

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