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Photos: Haft-seen exhibition in Shiraz-Iran

Haft-seen-exhibition-110-iHaft-Seen or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. Today the haft seen table includes seven specific items, all starting with the letter seen in the Persian alphabet. Haft-Seen was originally called Haftchin derived from the words Chin and Haft meaning “to place” seven (items).

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Dubai: Sima Bina & Rana Farhan Norouz 1391

Sima_Bina_nowruz-2012-iTuesday March 20, 2012
Dubai World Trade Center

Sima Bina’s main focus is Iranian folk music. Bina has been able to gather and revive a collection of almost forgotten Iranian folk songs and melodies.  Rana Farhan is an Iranian musician and singer of jazz and blues.

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Northern Virginia: Bull Run Reginal Park's 13 Bedar 2012

Bull-Run-13bedar-iSunday April 1, 2012 – 9AM to 6PM
Bull Run Reginal Park ( with more than 10,000 people capacity!)

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is pleased to announce that on Sunday, April 1st 2012 it will open the Bull Run Special Events Center in to accommodate the Persian cultural festival known as 13 Bedar (or Sizdah Bedar).

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Iranian Cultural Association At Ohio State University's Norooz 2012

ohio-state-universityFriday April 6, 2012 – 8PM
Ohio Union’s Grand Ballroom, Columbus, OH

Persian Dance Performance, Musical Performance, Dance Party with Daniel Asadi & Kael. Dinner will be provided by The Ohio Union. Traditional Persian Pastries will be provided by Nanak Bakery.

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New Jersey: Rutgers University Persian Cultural Club’s Norooz 2012

Rutgers-University-iSaturday March 31, 2012- 7PM
Rutgers University, NJ

Come join the Rutgers University Persian Cultural Club for a night to celebrate the Persian New Years, Norooz! Food will be catered by Negeen Persian Grill and music will be provided throughout the night.

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Seattle: University of Washington's Persian Circle Norouz 1391

Persian-Circle-nowruz-2012-iSaturday March 31, 2012 – 9:30PM
University Of Washington, Seattle

Enjoy a night of dancing in celebrating Persian New Year – at UW! Appetizers and Soft Drinks will be available. DJ Behzad will be playing the most upbeat Persian Music all night long! So bring your Dancing Shoes!

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Toronto: Nawranj Iranian Association's Nourouz Gathering

Nawranj-Iranian-Association-nowruz-iSaturday March 24, 2012 – 6:30PM
Arbor Room-hart House, University of Toronto

t’s Norooz time again and Nawranj Iranian Association is holding a gathering at U of T for everyone to have a chance to catch up with Eid Didani. It will be a unique night compared to other events planned by Nawranj. It’s Open Mic Night!

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American woman singing Persian song beautifully

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Netherlands: ParsZone Nowruz 2012

Amsterdam-Netherlands-nowruz-iSaturday, March 24, 2011
Syriana, Amsterdam

This year we have chosen a new location where for the first time an Iranian party is organized. The two different rooms, giving young and old space to dance and chill. The beautiful location with plenty of sitting space is available to us together to celebrate the Persian calendar year 1391.

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PAAIA’s Nowruz activity for kids

paaia-iFive activity pages that are aimed to further enhance a child’s understanding and retention of the information about Nowruz.

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Northern California: Persian American Association of Northern California’s Nowruz 2012

Persian-American-Association-of-Northern-CaliforniaSunday March 25, 2012 3-6:30PM
Marin Wood Community Center, San Rafael

Join us for Nowruz Celebration

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Nowruz Poem

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London: Nowruz No War

Nowruz_nowar-iSaturday 24th March, 2012  3-11PM
17-25 New Inn Yard, London

Nowruz No War is an event to celebrate the Persian New Year and learn about Iranian culture and its links to our own. Expect Film, Comedy, Live Music, Poetry, Debate & Photography.

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Googoosh Nowruz 2012 Concerts

-Googoosh-Live-Concert-1-iSaturday March 17, 2012
D.A.R. Constitution Hall – Washington DC

Tuesday March 20, 2012
Theatre Royal Drury Lane – London

Saturday April 14, 2012
Place des Arts – Montreal

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Washington DC: The Navruz in D.C.

Navruz-in-DC-iSunday March 25, 2012 – 1 to 7PM
The Washington Post Conference Center

Celebrating Navruzi in Washington DC, having fun, dances, musics, sketches, games, food, and new friends and more. We will make it unforgettable event of the year, together. Join us, give us more ideas and support the Tajik Community for a better future.

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Washington DC: Nowruz Commission Gala

Nowruz-CommissionSaturday March 17, 2012
Hall of the Americas

Nowruz Commission, an alliance of twelve cultures who celebrate Nowruz on the first day of Spring at the exact moment of vernal equinox as the beginning of a new year, announced its third annual gala event in Washington. The event will be held in the Hall of the Americas at the historal building of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.

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Southern California: Celebrate Nowruz 2012 with the homeless

Nowruz-with-homelessFriday March 16, 2012
Midnight Mission, Los Angeles

Iranian-Americans will host a special celebration of Nowruz for over 2,000 residents of LA’s Skid Row community at The Midnight Mission. This unique outdoor festival will feature a traditional Nowruz meal and delicacies as well as special performances by notable Iranian-American performers and dance ensembles.

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London: Victoria and Albert Museum’s Night of Norouz

va-logoFriday March 30, 2012 6:30-10:00PM
Victoria and Albert Museum

Celebrate the ancient festival of the Spring Equinox, Norouz. Marking the Persian New Year, make merry with a programme of films, music, art and comedy.
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Northern California: An evening of music & poetry to celeberate spring, Baharaneh

Baharaneh-iThursday April 12, 2012 – 6PM
Le Petit Trianon Theater

Join us for a spring celebration of music with Persian-tuned pianist, Ramin Zoufonoun featuring his “Spring Suite” based on original compositions,  arrangements of classical Persian songs about spring, as well cross-cultural pieces inspired by American Jazz and Iranian folk music, based on poetry by Rumi and Fereydun Moshiri.

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Southern California: Caltech Nowruz Celeberation 2012

Caltech-Nowruz-2012-iSaturday March 24, 2012
Ramo Auditorium, Caltech 5:30PM

Join FICCIT again this year  to celebrate Nowruz (Iranian New Year) in an evening of fun and culture. We have organized a very special program for you this year!

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