Norouz: San Francisco celebrates Persian New
Sal-e no mobarak!
San Francisco City Hall was transformed Friday as several hundred
Bay Area Iranian-Americans came to celebrate the Persian New Year,
Norouz (year 1386). The event lineup included performances by
Ballet Asfaneh, Ostad Nejad of the Nejad World Music Center, Nejad
Daf Ensemble, Seemorgh Choral Ensemble, and Bazem Music Ensemble.
March 25, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - Several hundred well dressed Bay Area
Iranian-Americans attended the 2nd annual celebration of the Persian
New Year, Friday, matching the equally well-adorned rotunda of
San Francisco City Hall.
Norouz, as the celebration is known, is the most celebrated of
all Iranian holidays. It marks the end of grumpy old winter and
the beginning of spring, the vernal equinox.
The festive tradition has been traced back as far as 15,000 years
ago to the mythical Persian King Jamshid. King Jamshid introduced
Norouz to celebrate spring's abundance following winter's scarcity.
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi - San Francisco's
first elected Iranian-American - were on hand to host the event
on behalf of the City of San Francisco and pay tribute to the
Bay Area's growing Iranian-American community.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Cameron Douragby, and Mayor Gavin Newsom
The City Hall event was organized by Tourquoise Bridges, a not-for-profit
organization aimed at promoting Persian arts and culture in the
San Francisco Bay Area.
The evening lineup included performances from Ballet Asfaneh,
Ostad Nejad, Nejad Daf Ensemble, and Bazem Music Ensemble.
Seemorgh Choral Ensemble
Bitar Kordestani and Turquoise Bridges founder Nazly Mobajer
Ross Mirkarimi and Evelyn Nieves
Bijan and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Dr. Elahe Ensanni and Bijan
Jennifer Siebel, Laudan Nabizadeh, Daniel Homsey, Ross Mirkarimi
EXTRA! More Norouz event photos available here.