Photos by Vahid Khademi, Islamic Republic News Agency
Spring is around the corner. The arrival of spring also coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Norooz. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. The arrival of new year also means a fresh start. Cleaning and dusting the house in advance of arrival of Norooz is one of the important customs for the people. These photos show the people in the village of Esfidan busy with their Norooz house cleaning ritual.
(Persian: اسفيدان) (map) is a
village in Garmkhan Rural District, Bojnord County, North Khorasan Province,
Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 1,949, in 530 families. Esfidan is
one of the most beautiful villages in Iran, and it enjoys a pleasant climate.
The village is located 45 kilometers southeast of the city of Bojnord in a lush
valley surrounded with tall mountains. Esfidan is a popular tourist attraction
in North Khorasan.
Branding Our Community: Norooz vs. Nowruz
Iranian-Americans are a nascent diaspora, most of us having immigrated only in the past four decades. We are coming to our own, lifting our heads from the business grindstone and beginning to establish ourselves in other realms of diaspora influence and acceptance such as politics, philanthropy and culture. By doing so, we are promoting our beautiful arts and culture by sharing our rituals and festivals. The most uniting, revered and unanimous of these is Persian New Year or Norooz. -Noosheen Hashemi
Farhang's annual Nowruz banner competition announced
Each year, Farhang Foundation, through its Nowruz Banner Competition, reaches out to a global community of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers, enlisting their talents to create and submit original designs that capture the essence of Nowruz. During the weeks leading to Farhang's annual Nowruz celebration, the winning design is featured on large street banners in prominent areas of Los Angeles announcing the event.
Iranian New Year with the 9th Annual Nowruz Festival on March 12, 2017 at UCLA
The most colorful festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. Bringing together joyous sounds and spectacle for all to enjoy, the event is bigger than ever for its Ninth Annual Nowruz festival. The Farhang Foundation debuts a new home at UCLA's Royce Hall and Dickson Court, having outgrown the previous venue at LACMA.
with My Family
A new book on Norooz, the Persian New Year, authored by Dr. Khodadad Kaviani: A sister and her brother share with classmates their Norooz (New Year) experiences. They live in Yazd, Iran, the city of beautiful wind catchers. They talk about spring cleaning, carpet washing, chaarshanbeh soori, preparing the Haft-Seen, plus other activities during this festive time of year.
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