Saturday 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.
The Commission held its inaugural event at the Great Hall of Thomas Jefferson building of the Library of Congress, where members of Congress from both major parties presided over the event, and the account of its inauguration was registered in the Congressional Record.
“Nowruz has been celebrated by many cultures for thousands of years. The historical point was that Afghans, Azeris, Georgians, Iraqis, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Persians, Russians, Tatars, Tajiks, Turks, and Ukrainians had never before celebrated Nowruz together under the same roof until March 17, 2010” said the Commission’s Chairman and Co-founder Nasser Kazeminy.
Nowruz Gift Program in Afghanistan
The Commission partners with the Department of Defense and the Office of the Mayor of Kabul to present 700 Afghan children, currently cared for in orphanges across Afghanistan, with a Nowruz gift (Aidee) along with a celebration ceremony.
In addition, the children will be asked to participate in a Nowruz greeting card competition. 10 top drawings will be selected as winners to receive a cash prize of $1000 each. The prize will be held in a special education fund for the winners. The winning drawings will be presented electronically on the Nowruz Commission web site and available for purchase to be sent out as electronic Nowruz greeting cards. Any revenues generated from the program will be fully dedicated to the cause of education for the needy children of Afghanistan.
The event is by invitation only, but sponsorship packages are available! Space is limited!
Nowruz Commission is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of care and compassion embedded in the philosophy in the ancient rites of Nowruz. His Excellency Erlan Idrissov is the Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States and Brazil. The Honorable Bijan R. Kian is the former member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. As a senior member of the administration, he served under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, from 2006-2011.