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This week sees the first day of Muharram, the first and one of the holy months for many Muslims according to the Islamic calendar. Muharram includes several significant observances for Muslims, including Ashura, on the tenth day, which signifies differently for Sunni and Shia communities. The Faculty Executive wishes all who observe the start of the Islamic New Year this week a period of peace and happiness.
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week, held regularly in early July since 1955 (replacing earlier single-day observances instituted in 1938), celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. The week offers all Australians the chance to learn about First Nations histories and pay respects to the world’s oldest continuing cultures.
Every year on 26 May, National Sorry Day, first observed in 1998, a year after the “Bringing Them Home” report, remembers the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. Please note this newsletter contains images of deceased Aboriginal peoples.
Nowruz, also known as the Persian New Year, is a centuries-old festival celebrated by millions of people around the world, particularly in Iran and other parts of Central Asia. It is a time for joy, renewal, and reflection, as families and communities gather to welcome the arrival of spring and mark the beginning of a new year. The word "Nowruz" translates to "new day" in Persian, and it is observed on the first day of the spring equinox, usually falling on March 20th or 21st.