International Day of Nowruz | March 8th | Freer, Sackler, and Ripley Center
Haji Firuz, sing in the streets to announce the festivities and house cleaning is a part of the preparations. On the Wednesday before Nowruz bonfires are lit to jump over and children gather coins and treats as they visit neighbors.
Nowruz is the beginning of the year for the people of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Tajikistan and a few of the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. It is also celebrated as the new year by people descended from Persian and Iranian ancestors. The Kurds in Georgia, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey celebrate Nowruz as the new year festival. Many communities where people from these countries have settled also join in the celebrations.
Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums' sixth annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including:
Haft Sin table displays
Storytelling by Xanthe Gresham
Coloring, collage, and calligraphy
Iranian music concert
Cartoons from Iran
Persepolis photo studio
Backgammon and chess
Nomad Dancers performance
Traditional Persian food
Docent-led spotlight tours
Made possible by a generous grant from Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar.
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