San Francisco hosts Norouz celebration
Ballet Afsaneh transform City Hall's rotunda in celebration of
Norouz, the Iranian New Year.
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
March 31, 2006
San Francisco, CA - Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi hosted 500 guests from across the Bay Area for
the 1st Annual Norouz Celebration in the City and County of San
Mayor Gavin Newsom consoles Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
after Mirkarimi puts best foot forward with greetings in Persian.
Among the distinguished invitees were leaders of the Iranian
American community, members of San Francisco Board of Supervisors,
and the Consular Corps.
"On the occasion of the 1st Annual Norouz Celebration in
San Francisco, it is an honor to join IranianAmericans and others
alike to toast for good health and prosperity in this New Year,"
said Mayor Newsom.
"San Francisco prides itself in celebrating the cultures
and traditions of its diverse communities, which makes our city
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the first Iranian American elected
official added, "Tonight's turn out is a clear indication
of the strength and growing influence of the Iranian community,"
said Supervisor Mirkarimi.
"It is an honor to join Mayor Newsom and members of the
community in celebrating this special day. Saal-e no mobaarak!"
The Iranian New Year, Norouz, marks the coming of the vernal
equinox, or first day of spring, in a symbolic celebration honoring
the harmony between life and nature, the End and Rebirth.
The event featured a colorful array of cultural entertainment
such as performances by Nejad WorId Music Center and Ballet Afsaneh
courtesy of Afsaneh Art and Culture Society.
Nejad WorId Music Center perform hypnotic traditional Persian
Attendees danced the night away as they toast to their health,
and dined on Persian delicacies generously contributed by Meykadeh
Restaurant located for over 20 years on Green Street in San Francisco.
The event was organized by Persian Arts & Cultural Society,
a not for profit public organization aimed at promoting Persian
arts, literature, 'culture and Heritage in the San Francisco Bay