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Spring Equinox: Persian New Year, Norooz 1391 (2012)

Spring Equinox: Persian New Year, Norooz 1391 (2012)

There’s no rooz like Norooz!

Norooz (Persian: New day) 1391 is here.

Is your haft seen set?

Do you have on some new clothes?

Are you getting ready to meet up with your family, eat some food–probably sabzi polo and mahi (rice with greens/herbs and fish)–have a good time, laugh it out with your kin, and collect some money from your elders?

If so, you’re on the right track.

This year’s Persian new year, Norooz, falls on March 20th at 1:11 AM Washington DC time.

Norooz shaad (Persian: happy)!

Check out a list of global saal tahvil times below:

Tehran: Tuesday 08:44:00 AM  March 20, 2012

New York: Tuesday 01:11:00 AM March 20, 2012

Chicago: Tuesday 00:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Denver: Monday 11:14:00 PM March 19, 2012

Los Angeles: Monday 10:14:00 PM March 19, 2012

London: Tuesday 05:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Paris: Tuesday 06:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Rome: Tuesday 06:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Berlin: Tuesday 06:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Athens: Tuesday 07:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Jerusalem: Tuesday 07:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Moscow: Tuesday 08:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

Tokyo: Tuesday 02:14:00 PM March 20, 2012

Sydney: Tuesday 04:14:00 PM March 20, 2012

UTC/GMT: Tuesday 05:14:00 AM March 20, 2012

 

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Countdown to Norooz 2011 (1390) Exact Date and Time

Countdown to Norooz 2011 (1390) Exact Date and Time

The countdown begins!

Norooz 2011/1390 is almost is here…

Are you prepared?

Have you bought yourself a new set of clothes to wear at your family Norooz celebration?

You better hurry.

The 2011 Vernal (Spring) Equinox is coming, whether you’re ready or not. Read the full story

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Norooz: Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year

Norooz: Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate the Persian New Year

Photo Credit: Enzie Shahmiri

For the second year, the Freer and Sackler galleries will mark the Persian New Year, known as “Nowruz,” with traditional displays of the haft sin table, fire jumping, storytelling, live music, art making, delicious food and more. The Persian New Year formally begins March 20, the first day of spring, but the Freer and Sackler galleries will begin celebrating Sunday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dating to 3,000 B.C.E., Nowruz is rooted in Zoroastrianism, the religion of Iran before Islam, and marks the vernal equinox, or the beginning of spring. Today, it is celebrated in Iran, Central Asia and Lebanon.

“We are thrilled to host our second Nowruz event,” said Marjan Adib, head of Strategy and Policy Implementation at the galleries. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to gather from many different cultures, backgrounds and ages to celebrate the arrival of spring.”

Music: The Pejvak Ensemble, Directed by Behfar Bahadoran
Enjoy new music performed on traditional Persian instruments at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. in the Meyer Auditorium. The ensemble features Behfar Bahadoran on tar and setar, Faraz Minooei on santur, Pezhham Akhavass on tombak, Steve Bloom on percussion, and Shohreh Majd performing vocals. Free tickets are required for The Pejvak Ensemble and can be reserved in advance beginning 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 22, through ticketmaster.com.

Booksigning: Najmieh Batmanglij
Acclaimed chef and author Najmieh Batmanglij signs copies of her many cookbooks, including Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sackler shop.

Haft Sin Tables
Haft sin tables, a traditional table display created during Nowruz, will feature the seven symbolic items that Iranian families traditionally use to honor the return of spring. The tables will be located in the Freer Gallery north corridor, Sackler pavilion and ImaginAsia classroom (Sackler sublevel 2).
 
Backgammon and Fire Jumping
Families will enjoy playing the ancient Persian board game backgammon, and for those who are new to the game, members of the Northern Virginia Backgammon Club will offer introductory lessons at 12 and 2 p.m. on Sackler sublevel 1. Also, cast off the troubles of the past year and celebrate the victory of light over darkness by jumping over an artificial fire in the Sackler Pavilion or ImaginAsia classroom on Sackler sublevel 2.

Greeting Cards and Fortunes for Children
Make a Nowruz greeting card and your fortune in a fun version of the Falnama (Book of Omens) in the ImaginAsia classroom on Sackler sublevel 2.

Video: Babak and Friends: A First Norooz
In this delightful 30-minute animated film, young Babak learns about Nowruz when his cousins arrive from Iran to celebrate the New Year. Continuous screenings will be offered in the ImaginAsia classroom on Sackler sublevel 2. 

Food from Johnny’s Kabob and Mie N Yu
Johnny’s Kabob will offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ripley Center concourse. Snacks and tea will be available from Mie N Yu from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Freer courtyard (rain location: Freer south corridor)

For complete schedules, event locations and additional details on all Nowruz events, please visit www.asia.si.edu/nowruz.

The Nowruz celebration is made possible with the support of the Ebrahimi Family Foundation.

The Freer Gallery of Art, located at 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., and the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located at 1050 Independence Avenue S.W., are on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, except Dec. 25, and admission is free. The galleries are located near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-1000 or visit the Web site: asia.si.edu.

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Camp Ayandeh 2009: From Building Trust to Becoming a Team Leader

Camp Ayandeh 2009: From Building Trust to Becoming a Team Leader

Photo by Leyla Serway

Photo by Leyla Serway

Games of vasati under blue skies, evening celebrations of Iranian holidays, and music of the Daf and Tombak – these activities only begin to describe the week at Camp Ayandeh 2009.

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Norooz: Message to the Iranian People from President Barack Obama

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Check out a Norooz/Nowruz/Norouz message from the President of the United States of America: Barack Obama!! He quotes Sa’adi, and even sends us an “Eid-eh shoma moBARACK“. (Although, Noroozetaan Pirooz would have been more authentic in language… but we’re not complaining, just hoping that maybe next year they’ll leave the Arabic word; mobarak out.)

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Norooz: Message to the Iranian People from President Barack Obama

Check out a Norooz/Nowruz/Norouz message from the President of the United States of America: Barack Obama!! He quotes Sa’adi, and even sends us an “Eid-eh shoma moBARACK“. (Although, Noroozetaan Pirooz would have been more authentic in language… but we’re not complaining, just hoping that maybe next year they’ll leave the Arabic word; mobarak out.)

Read the full story

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