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March 7, 2017 > Nowruz welcomes spring and renewal

Nowruz welcomes spring and renewal

As the days grow lighter and the weather warms, the Persian festival of Nowruz arrives, celebrating the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Falling on the vernal equinox, Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, begins on March 21 and is observed with special foods, haftseen tables set with seven items symbolizing spring and renewal, spring cleaning, and visiting friends and relatives. Nowruz means new day in Persian and is celebrated in Iran, Iraq, India, Afghanistan, Tajikestan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as Persian communities across the U.S. and beyond. Several observations are taking place in our local community:

Celebrate Nowruz at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday March 11 with a dance performance by the Shahrzad Dance Academy and Persian music by the Amir School of Music. This event is free; no reservations are required. Seating limits will be observed.

Nowruz Celebration
Saturday, Mar 11
3:00 p.m. Ð 4:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1401

Join Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow and International Orphan Care for a celebration of Nowruz with a live musical performance by Ustad Mahwash and Khalil Ragheb. The Century House and Gardens will prepare delicious Afghan food. The proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit education in Afghanistan.

Nowruz Concert
Saturday, Mar 11
6:30 p.m. Ð 11:30 p.m.
Century House and Gardens
37447 Fremont Blvd, Fremont
Tickets: $40 adult, $25 children under 12

The Iranian Federated WomenÕs Club, in partnership with County Supervisor, Dave Cortese, is proud to present Charshanbeh Suri, The Festival of Fire. Consistent with Persian tradition, we will celebrate Charshanbeh Suri on the last Tuesday night of winter. Join us on March 14 for a very special night of live music, Persian cuisine, and a Nowruz-themed bazaar. Guests of this special event will have the opportunity to participate in the old Chardhanbeh Suri tradition of jumping over fire, signifying the end of the 1395th Persian year and the arrival of spring and Nowruz 1396.

Charshanbeh Suri, The Festival of Fire
Tuesday, Mar 14
6:00 p.m. Ð 10:00 p.m.
Jim McEntee Plaza
70 W Hedding St, San Jose
(408) 906-9237 &

Welcome the start of spring with a special edition of Friday Nights @ OMCA (Oakland Museum of California), celebrating Nowruz or Persian New Year. Nowruz falls on the spring equinox, March 21 this year, which marks the transition into the new season as the days begin to get lighter. Join OMCA and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California to enjoy festive Persian music, taste traditional food, and take in exhilarating dance in honor of the holiday! Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area, and extended OMCA Store hours.

Friday Nights @OMCA: Nowruz Celebration
Friday, Mar 24
5:00 p.m. Ð 9:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Admission: $7.50 adults, ages 18 and under free
Parking: $7

The Iranian Federated WomenÕs Club/Payvand in partnership with the City of San Jose District 10, Councilmember Johnny Khamis, has prepared a very special and intimate event for Friday, March 24 at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda. This event will feature exquisite Persian cuisine specially prepared by Uncle RayÕs, haftseen table setting and flowers by Afsaneh Naderi, and guests will be treated to view a special collection of Persian art, as well live music and performances by Moein Vahdat, Faranak Shahroozi, Sabiba and many more local artists and groups. All of this will be to welcome and celebrate a bountiful and prosperous Persian New Year. A limited number of tickets will be available via

Nowruz Celebration 2017
Friday, Mar 24
6:00 p.m. Ð 10:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose
(408) 906-9237
Tickets: $45
Free parking (please bring parking ticket to get validated at event)

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