A Celebration of International Nowruz Day

The haftseen table that is traditionally set for for the celebration of Nowruz: it is set with

The haftseen table that is traditionally set for for the celebration of Nowruz: it is set with Seeb (apple), representing beauty; Seer (garlic) representing good health; Serkeh (vinegar) representing patience; Sonbol (hyacinth) representing spring; Samanu (sweet pudding) representing fertility; Sabzeh (sprouts) representing rebirth; Sekeh (coins) representing prosperity.

For more than 300 million people around the globe, Nowruz marks the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator northward. According to the United Nations, Nowruz, which literally means “new day” in Persian, “is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.”

The Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMS) marks this momentous holiday with a special public event on Thursday, March 24th. CIMS will host four presenters from the worlds of comedy, music, dance, and poetry who are inspired by its cultural and literary traditions! All are welcome!

Presenters:

Musician Ali Aalaei, Artist and performer Hedieh Azma; Storyteller Amin Senatorzade, Artist and Musician Jan Kabir; Comedian Mahmud Farjami.

Published Mar. 14, 2022 10:59 AM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2022 11:15 AM