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March 6, 2018 > Nowruz welcomes spring and renewal

Nowruz welcomes spring and renewal

As the days grow lighter and the weather warms, the Persian festival of Nowruz (also Norouz, Norooz) 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 Ônew dayÕ 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.

Fremont Library Nowruz Celebration
Please join us to celebrate Nowruz with a dance performance by Shahrzad Dance Academy and Persian music by Amir School of Music. This event is free. No reservations are required. Seating limits will be observed. The Fremont Main Library is wheelchair accessible and will provide an ASL interpreter for any event with at least seven working daysÕ notice. Please call (510) 745-1401 or TTY 888-663-0660 for more information.

Saturday, Mar 10
3:00 p.m. Ð 4:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1401


Norooz 2018: A Spring Celebration with Mamak Khadem & Dzambo Ausevi Orchestra
Diaspora Arts Connection, in collaboration with the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University, proudly presents a celebration of spring, Norooz, and community on Saturday, March 10. Join us for the beautiful and uplifting music of Mamak Khadem and Dzambo Ausevi Orchestra from Macedonia.

Saturday, Mar 10
7:00 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St, 2nd Floor, Oakland
For tickets:
Students/Seniors $30 (online only), General $45 advance, $50 Door.


Norouz at Islamic Cultural Center
Just in time for the traditional Persian New Year, Norouz, international artist Hafiz Karmali will direct an original play, ÒRumi x 7: Tales from the Masnavi,Ó in his signature lyrical style fusing western circus arts and commedia dell arte with Middle Eastern dance and poetry. The fables are selected from RumiÕs Masnavi and include familiar tales such as The Elephant in the Dark and The Grammarian and the Boatman, as well as lesser known gems.

Saturday, Mar 10
4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison St, Oakland
For more information: (510) 832-7600;
General, $20; under 12, $10; students and seniors, $10


HambazeeÕs Norooz 2018 Workshop for kids
This workshop for kids (and an accompanying parent) is a fun and educational way to include your heritage or a new culture in your childÕs life through language, music, art, and more. Our Norooz workshop includes special Norooz and Sizdah Bedar events celebrating Iranian New Year for the whole family! The five sessions are held in Emeryville, March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7. For kids aged 3-6 years old, register for a one-day only Norooz Celebration on March 17, 2018.

Saturdays, Mar 10,17, 24, 31 and April 7
10:30 a.m.
Visit for locations and enrollment


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 Nowruz celebration for Thursday, March 29. This event will feature exquisite Persian cuisine, a Haftseen table, artistic floral settings at the art gallery, extraordinary floral centerpieces by Rose Express Florist, and a special collection of Persian art, as well live music and performances by local artists.

Thursday, Mar 29
6:00 p.m. Ð 11:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose
For more information:
Parking is free with validation
$50 - $1500

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