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Persian New Year

Norooz 2016: Dates, Traditions, And History Of The Persian New Year

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion

The Persian New Year is called Norooz (also Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings) and marks the first day of spring. It’s also the Baha’i New Yea...

"Nowruz" Is Approaching Cheerfully. So, What Is Nowruz?

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Kourosh Ziabari

In Iran, a country composed of several different ethnic and racial groups that form a patchwork of diverse cultures, Nowruz is a unifying element that brings the Iranian Azeris, Arabs, Baluchis, Kurds, Lurs, Turkmens and Armenians together for two weeks of jovial and uplifting celebration.

Islamic Solar Calendar: Eclipsed by Politics and Ideology

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Zaman Stanizai

As we celebrate the Vernal Equinox, the Islamic Solar New Year, commonly known in the West as the Persian New Year, controversies abound as to its origin and re-identification.

Let This Mystic Poet Be Your Guide On The Persian New Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

Cyrus Abhar, an Iranian Baha’i engineer in Sacramento, California, was facing what he described as "serious difficulty" in his life some years ago. ...

Celebrating The Persian New Year

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

The Persian New Year is called Norooz (also Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings) and marks the first day of spring. It's also the Baha'i New Year, b...

Obama Sends Nowruz Message To Iran

Reuters | Jeff Mason | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, in a message to Iran's people and leaders on Thursday, said this year represented the ...

On a Mission to Introduce Culture to Children's Content

Maryam Zar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Technology
Maryam Zar

For Persians, NoRooz is our strongest point of pride. It is the moment that brings us all together, from various religions and social beliefs to economic realities and ideological tendencies, we all see the moment that Winter turns to Spring, as the moment that we reclaim our common Persian heritage.

This Norooz, Wishing Iranians (Access to) a Healthy New Year

Yasmin Radjy | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Yasmin Radjy

Due to current sanctions, ordinary Iranians often cannot access the life-saving medicine they need to address critical health issues. While humanitarian trade is technically exempt, the sale of medicines to Iran is still effectively blocked.

A Spring Celebration, Festive, Heavy with Memory

Joshua Lewin | Posted 05.21.2014 | Taste
Joshua Lewin

I pray for peace one day for all the mothers and fathers, and all the families, everywhere.

Celebrating The Persian New Year

Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion

The Persian New Year is called Norooz (also Nowruz, Nawroz, among other spellings) and marks the first day of spring. It's also the Baha'i New Year, b...

A Film Festival for the Persian New Year

Maryam Zar | Posted 05.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Maryam Zar

In Los Angeles, Angelenos are lucky to have an organization called Farhang, headquartered right here close to home. Farhang works tirelessly year around to advance the understanding of Persian culture, without regard to political or religious conversations that often swirl around any mention of Iran.

New Year Traditions Around the World

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Sidonie Sawyer

In America, most of us celebrate a new year on January 1, according to the Gregorian calendar. But some parts of the world have different traditions.

Happy Nowruz! How We Celebrate The Persian New Year

Mahshad Khosraviani | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Mahshad Khosraviani

May you be wise enough to count only the blessings you have been showered with, the friends you have made, and the joys you've received in the past year.

Another Nowruz Behind Prison Walls

Jack Gordon | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Jack Gordon

Three-year-old Artin Rahimian stands in line to visit his mother in Iran's Evin prison. It's been two years since Faran Hessami and her husband, Kamran Rahimian, were arrested for their role as educators for the Baha'i faith community, Iran's largest religious minority.

Happy Nowruz To All!

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Nowruz is the only holiday celebrated by all Persians, of every religious background, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha'i or of no religion. For a sense of this, multiply the food, festivity, family and tradition of Thanksgiving times 1,000.

PHOTOS: Despite Sanctions, Iranians Celebrate New Year

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

By Yeganeh Torbati DUBAI, March 20 (Reuters) - These should be prosperous days for Ali Pasha, who owns a tourism company in Dubai that...

WATCH: Party In Skid Row

Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Following the success of last year's fundraiser, the Persian community of Los Angeles is banding together again to kick off the beginning of Persian N...

Obama Directs Nowruz Video At Iranian People, Decries 'Electronic Curtain'

Nico Pitney | Posted 03.20.2012 | World

A four-minute video message from President Obama directed at the people of Iran was released by the White House on Tuesday. "There is no reason for...

Persian New Year 2012: Artist Breathes New Life Into Nowruz

Aria Fani | Posted 05.20.2012 | Home
Aria Fani

Niloufar Talebi's The Persian Rite of Spring makes an entire culture, in which poetry is one of the most important and prized art forms, intelligible to all audiences, pulling together the pieces of a puzzle for both Iranian and non-Iranian audiences.

The War on Iranian New Year

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

If you understood Nowruz, you would understand the people of Iran. And you would understand what the economic sanctions, covert operations, and the words -- yes, the words -- of war are doing to a people on the brink of renewal.

Iranians on Madison Avenue: Culture as Hope in the Absence of Politics

Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.11.2011 | New York
Kia Makarechi

The hope is that not just political involvement, but also kabob, music, poetry and dance can forge a new unity, one that's less fragmented but no less diverse.

Tin Pan Alley Comes to Los Angeles Sunday to Kick Off Vocal Music Series

Anthea Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Anthea Raymond

Los Angeles, of course, is known for its cultural diversity. And for decades, the city's live music programmers have worked hard to capture that at v...

Nowrouz Sees Binge Of Drinking, Drugging In Iran Despite Nationwide Ban

BBC | Faraj Balafkan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

During the month building up to Nowrouz police statistics show that on average more than 25,000 cans of alcoholic drinks and some 135,000 litres of ho...

Spring Holidays Around The World (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For many, the coming of spring marks the coming of the holiday season. Around the world people of many religions, cultures and nations gather this se...

Iranian Snub? Not Quite

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

There is a very important reason for Iran's reluctance to change its tone overnight. It is due to a political trend I call the "cult of anti-Americanism."