The Iranian/Persian New Year, Norouz (No-Rooz), is the first day of spring, marking the turn of a new season and an opportunity to look forward to a new beginning. This two-week long celebration is one of the most important among people of Iranian/Persian decent all over the world, regardless of their religious backgrounds.
Iranian-Americans, as well as their friends and families and the entire surrounding communities will participate in a collaborative effort between Bay Area Iranian-American organizations, vendors and artists in the 4th Annual Norouz Spring Festival. Last year, this event gathered 15,000 attendants, making it the largest gathering of Iranian-Americans in the Bay area to date!
Festivities include ethnic dances, a DJ and live music, soccer skills competition, volleyball matches and backgammon tournaments. Other free activities also include cultural exhibitions, face painting, balloon artists and more. A variety of Persian food and delicacies will be available for attendees.
WHEN: March 31st and April 1st, 2007 from 10am-7pm
WHERE: Vasona Lake County Park of Los Gatos; parking and free shuttle transportation is also available.
WHY: The mission of this event is to raise funds towards building a huge Iranian-American Community Center, to serve those living in the Peninsula and the South Bay areas. All members of the community should attend the event to support this cause, to learn more about this Iranian/Persian tradition and to enjoy the festivities. The Iranian-American community welcomes the entire Bay Area to share this rich culture, and also to educate all community members against negative Middle Eastern stereotypes while promoting a positive image of solidarity.
For more information, please visit – www.norouzfestival.org
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