Aga Khan Park: Make it Your Family Destination as Park Tells Story of Navroz and Spring Through Beautifully Illustrated Panels
A Family Enjoys a Beautiful Spring Afternoon
The Aga Khan Park’s newest outdoor exhibit began unfolding before my eyes, as I watched 5 magnificent structures glorifying Navroz and the spring season being positioned at different sites in the Park. While some of the panels talk about Netherlands and tulips as well as hares and rabbits, my attention in this post will be on the celebration of Navroz.
I arrived at the Aga Khan Park carrying with me a hot cup of chai, a small container of bhel-puri and a few chicken samosas from Khaike Paan, an Ismaili family owned business on Yonge and Elgin Mills that I highly recommend for everything from bhirianis to vegetable and meat curries to freshly made paans. The shop also rents out videos, and sells ready made snacks such as chevdo from Kenya as well as a very popular Tanzanian styled ice-cream made by an Ismaili lady in Toronto. The children who have been helping their parents and grandparents at the store are extremely polite and very efficient. The little girl today was particularly sweet; she took down my order and I waited outside by my car snacking on sliced watermelon pieces. When the order was ready in 15 minutes I knew where I was headed for, a destination that my regular readers will have quite easily guessed without even having to think for a second.
A Bird Contemplates in Front of the Jamatkhana Dome
Upon arriving at the Aga Khan Park, I watched panel displays depicting the spring season being carried on utility vehicles to their markers, guided by a group of staff and volunteers. I urge everyone to visit the Aga Khan Park this weekend from Friday through Sunday (March 21) when it is expected to be sunny on all days with temperatures on both Saturday and Sunday hitting double digit figures. It will be a true celebration of Navroz, I think.
Creativity and Dedication by Staff and Volunteers Gives Us Happiness and Enjoyment
Panels Displayed at Ismaili Centre: (1) Nowruz Introduction; (2) Celebrations at Persian Court; (3) Coloured Eggs; and (4) Nowruz Today
Haft Seen Panel Elsewhere at Aga Khan Park
This is a partial presentation of the Aga Khan Park exhibit about spring and Nowruz. I must emphasize that the beauty of the presentation can only be truly appreciated when you are physically present at the grounds of the three projects created by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan. Being in nature, hearing the sounds of birds chirping, watching a large bird fly over the dome of the Ismaili Jamatkhana, and listening to the laughter of children are moments that you will cherish all your life.
Date posted: March 18, 2021.
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