''The essence of any civilisation is captured in its celebrations" How and what we celebrate should say a lot about us as British, French, Americans or Iranians.
We Iranians have this great tendency to search in the past in order to celebrate. We tend to celebrate the dead or the ancient time more than the present (while hardly giving any recognition to the present). This is not to say that there is anything wrong with recognising the past, actually we can learn a lot from the past but it is the action and people of the present that will determine the path to the future.
Nowadays, the present is hardly celebrated unless it is politically motivated. There are very few occasions that as a community we celebrate the success of Iranian scientists, industrialists, experts, professionals, or business people. So, the question is why?
Some may say, it is because Iranians don1t have great scientists, industrialists, experts, or professionals. Over the last eight years BIBA has proven that, this is not to be the case. Some other may say that in general Iranians are jealous and don1t like to promote successful talents. BIBA again is the proof that this is not the case either. Had it not been for Iranians helping us, BIBA would not have been able to operate so efficiently. Everyday we get so many phone calls, emails, faxes telling us about new Iranian success stories in the UK and worldwide. So the only explanation remains is that we simply have not thought seriously about celebrating the present success of our scientists, industrialist, experts and professionals. In the UK celebrations of scientists, industrialists, experts and professionals has been a major part of the culture. It starts each year with HM Queen1s Honour list followed by many awards from scientific and academic institutions to industry and stock market. The celebrations come in different formats from high school graduation to the highest honours in the land, from start-up businesses to major corporations.
At BIBA that1s what we have been doing for the last eight years. We have tried to offer hope and motivation to the community by celebrating the success of British-Iranian scientists, industrialists, experts, and professionals, and at the same time offering them as role models for the future by learning from them.
Of course BIBA can only play a small role in this change of attitude. This cause requires across the board effort from our media, schools, different institutions and finally the family and individuals. So let us as a community make our celebrations more relevant and purposeful. Let1s celebrate the present and future even more than the past.
Babak Emamian, BIBA Chairman