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Persian New Year Celebration at the Smithsonian

NOWRUZ,  the Iranian - Indo- European New Year on the Spring Equinox has been celebrated by the countries in the Persian Empire and pagan Europe for thousands of years. 

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm

Culinary Arts, Demonstrations, Gallery Talks & Tours, Kids & Families, Performances

Co-sponsor: Made possible by a generous grant from Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar.

Venue: Freer Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Sackler Gallery

Event Location: Freer and Sackler, S. Dillon Ripley Center

Metro: Smithsonian

Cost: Free.


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, “fire” jumping, chess and backgammon, cartoons from Iran, musical performances, stories by Xanthe Gresham, hands-on activities, and traditional Persian food. 

Cartoons from Iran

11 am – 3 pm

Drop into the Meyer Auditorium during our Nowruz celebration to see a selection of beautiful, charming, and amusing animated films from Iran. Using only images, sound, and music, these cartoons tell fantastic tales the whole family will enjoy. The program is approximately 60 minutes long and will run continuously.

 Music of Reza Vali: Carpe Diem Quartet  7:30 pm

Guest artist, Dariush Saghafi, santur

NPR named Reza Vali’s concerto for ney (Persian flute) one of the top ten classical recordings of 2013. Hear the adventuresome Carpe  Diem Quartet—which the Washington Post called “extraordinary”—perform Vali’s Calligraphy No. 12, for santur and strings, along with his latest set of folk songs.

Lets meet at 11 am at the Mall entrance to the Freer Gallery.

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  • Behzad

    I would like to get a ride with anyone going from Fairfax I will help pay for gas. Thanks.

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

    February 24, 2014

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