persian new year

For Iranians, Norooz is a celebration of renewal and rebirth.
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.
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.
Khosraviani's role as a priestess is unusual, as women’s ordination is still uncommon in Zoroastrianism. At just 23 years
sabzeh: lentil, barley or wheat sprouts growing in a dish, symbolizing renewal samanu: a thick, sweet pudding made from wheat
"My message to you - the people of Iran - is that, together, we have to speak up for the future we seek," he said, adding
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.
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.
I pray for peace one day for all the mothers and fathers, and all the families, everywhere.
Dates In 2014, Norooz will begin on March 20 at 8:27 p.m. local time in Tehran, according to Farsinet. The exact moment of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But the most immediate effect of the measures has been a decline in the living standard of millions of Iranians, and that
Last year, over 140 volunteers served 2,500 meals and distributed 3,000 pieces of clothing, according to the Nowruz fundraising
"There is no reason for the United States and Iran to be divided from one another," Obama states at the onset. He highlights
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.