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Persian Feast With Shiva Rose

Golriz Moeini | Posted 05.21.2014 | Style
Golriz Moeini

A charming afternoon I spent at at my remarkable girlfriend Shiva Rose's house, where we dove in and made a tasty Persian feast together for her unp...

Obama: Reaching Key Agreement 'Will Be Difficult'

AP | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a nuclear agreement with Iran can open up "new possibilities and prosperity" for the Iranian people. ...

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.

At 12:57 p.m. EST Celebrate Life With Happiness

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

I am honored to hear that former Ambassador of Iraq to the UN, Dr. T Hamid al-Bayati, who worked hard to create the resolution establishing the International Day of Happiness.

Legendary Queen of Pop Sings in Queens, NY

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

In honor of Women's History Month, I want to highlight Googoosh, this legendary singer of Iran, and her dedication to pursuing music and the arts.

Beautiful New Year's Celebrations You've Never Heard Of

Posted 12.31.2013 | Religion

As we get ready to ring in 2014, we at HuffPost Religion would like to highlight celebrations from some of the world's religious traditions. While th...

Persian Girl's Navy Blue Vision

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

As a Persian girl, I am also envisioning the new President of Iran, Mr. Rouhani, as well as all the other World Leaders, bringing back to their countries plans which integrate King Cyrus's message.

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.

One With the Walnut: Celebrating Nowruz in Kabul

Beth Murphy | Posted 05.21.2013 | Taste
Beth Murphy

"Damn those New Years' people," Razia says about this culinary tradition. Spoken like a woman who doesn't have time to waste. But it's only seven ingredients. So what's the big deal? You don't just throw the almonds, pistachios and walnuts in a bowl and call it a day.

Obama and the Iranian Nowruz: A 2009 Redux?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

I have anxiously reflected on this year's Nowruz greeting by Obama as potentially a 2009 redux. Back then, Obama squandered a chance to make a deal with Iran, because (a) he was too impatient for Iran's complex decision-making dynamics and (b) refused to hear out Iran's fundamental demands.

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...

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.

Baha'is Celebrate Festive Season Of Ayyam-i-Ha

Rothwell Polk | Posted 04.27.2012 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

The Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha is a time of fellowship within the Baha'i community and toward all of humanity. Baha'is have few rituals so creativity is the watchword in community celebrations.

The Persian Conundrum

Maryam Zar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Maryam Zar

We are part of a growing community from Iran that have embraced unmistakably secular lives. Yet, we are labeled as Muslim, though we know little about the religion and celebrate no part of it.

International Nowruz: Spring Equinox Celebrated At The United Nations

Grove Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Grove Harris

Festivities welcoming the first day of spring have been enjoyed for thousands of years; from an astronomical point of view, it's a universal celebration.

New Years Around The World: When And How Religions Celebrate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As we get ready to ring in 2011, we at HuffPost Religion would like to highlight celebrations from some of the world's religious traditions. While th...

Why Are Reps. Miller and Posey Refusing to Wish Iranians a Happy Norooz?

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Two Florida Republican Congressmen chose to vote against a resolution wishing Iranians worldwide a happy new year. This was an odd choice, given that the resolution is in no way controversial.

Pushing the Iranian Opposition Underground

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

No holiday is dearer to the hearts of the Iranian people than Nowruz. But this year, many of my friends in Tehran will not be taking vacations. Instead, they're planning to take to the streets yet again, in bold defiance of the warnings of the regime and the pleas of their parents.

Iran's Latest Fatwa: A Fiery Fury

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Despite the Supreme Leader's outright ban of the fire festival with a fatwa, Norooz, a New Year's celebration with pre-Islamic roots, will prevail in Iran.

Iran Protest: Tehran Police On Alert For Festival Demonstrations

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian riot police and militiamen fanned out around Tehran on Tuesday in a major show of force during a national festival that a...