- 20,000 vacationers from Iran have traveled to Armenia
- A $100 million Iranian community center in San Jose. Santa Clara County, the third-largest population of Farsi speakers in U.S.A.
- Mayor Bogaard declares ” Norooz a Pasadena Tradition”
- Smithsonian’s Freer Norouz to accommodate about 1,000 people, but more than 7,000 people showed up.
- I save the entire year to spend for Nowruz
- For years, nobody had talked about Chaharshanbe Suri on state-run TV
- “burn away” a year’s worth of sin during the Chaharshanbeh Soori festival in Dubai
- So if London’s parks are full of picnicking Middle Eastern types (Hyde Park…) this evening, you will know what’s afoot.
- Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon, Seoul, to celebrate the coming of “Norouz” hosted by Iranian Embassy
Armenian Public Radio reports that close to 20,000 vacationers from neighboring Iran have traveled to Armenia to celebrate Novruz, the Iranian New Year in Armenia due to liberties, affordability and warm weather.
The residents of the capital of Armenia Yerevan see many more tourists from Iran during this time of the year than they normally do. The reason is that many Iranians have chosen Yerevan to celebrate Novruz
What is not well known is that the Bay Area, and particularly Santa Clara County, has one of the nation’s largest Iranian-American communities — the third-largest population of Farsi speakers among the nation’s 3,100 counties, U.S. Census Bureau data shows. The Bay Area has more than 35,000 residents of Iranian ancestry, up about 12 percent since. One goal of the NoRouz Festival is to raise enough money to open a $100 million Iranian community center in San Jose, said Matt Kamkar, vice chairman of the San Jose Planning Commission, and the head of the NoRouz Festival’s organizing committee.
The event is always peppered with traditional dance, music, food and interesting speakers. This year was no exception. As Mayor Bill Bogaard proclaimed in the beginning of the program that “Norooz is now a Pasadena Tradition.” The two key speakers this year were renowned British Archeologist Dr. David Stronach and JPL Astronomer Trina Ray who discussed her view of the Vernal Equinox.
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Although Najmieh Batmanglij, an Iranian-American, whose Norouz cookbook was the basis for the festival, pitched the Smithsonian with the idea two years ago, it was not until this year that it got off the ground. Nonetheless, it was considered a major success. Preparations for the freer Norouz were designed to accommodate about 1,000 people, but more than 7,000 people showed up.
“I save the entire year to spend for Nowruz” says Sara a housewife and mother of three children in central Tehran. Asked if the current global financial crisis may influence her family’s new year budget, she answers “we simply don’t care much about it and just want to welcome Nowruz with all that is affordable for us”. Many share Sara’s view in the sense that throughout ages neither drought or disease nor food scarcity or foreign invasion has prevented Iranians of celebrating Nowruz
Despite all the crackdowns over the past 30 years by the Islamic Republic, the ritual is still observed by an increasing number of people who go on to the streets to sing the traditional song: “Give me your fiery red colour and take back my wintry sallowness.”
For years, nobody had talked about Chaharshanbe Suri on state-run TV or any other official programme – the government just ignored it. People believe that if the government had accepted the festival as the former Shah did, rather than cracking down on it, many of the injuries would not have occurred.
An Iranian woman jumps over fire in order to “burn away” a year’s worth of sin during the Chaharshanbeh Soori festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The ritual is always held the last Tuesday night before Nowrooz, the Iranian new year. (Kamran Jebreili / AP)
And Iranians, being as superstitious as the next man, believe that it is unlucky to stay indoors. So if London’s parks are full of picnicking Middle Eastern types (Hyde Park being the main venue) this evening, you will know what’s afoot. So far so not-too-odd. But there’s more. This is also the day when they release their lucky goldfish into municipal ponds (not the Serpentine, surely?).
Ambassador Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari Hosts Reception- A large gathering from the local Iranian community, officials and friends turned out at the Hamilton Hotel in Itaewon, Seoul, to celebrate the coming of “Norouz” (Iranian New Year) on Friday the 20th of March, hosted by Iranian Embassy in Seoul.
On behalf of the Seoul Times, “Sad Saal be in Saal-ha” (Wishing 100 more Happy New Years) to everyone.
The multi-course Norouz dinner is served with flatbreads and dips as well as a platter of fresh herbs. There are spring green onions, mint, basil, cilantro and crisp baby radishes, as well as various pickles such as zatun parvardeh (olives marinated in pomegranate juice and ground walnuts) and torshi e makhlut (mixed vegetable pickles with eggplant, herbs, cauliflower, carrots and onions).
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