Celebrating Norooz In Pasadena

Persian Spring event set for March 13

Friday, February 28, 2014 | 9:23 pm

Spring is more than Spring for many in the San Gabriel Valley. For the Persian community, Spring means Norooz, a non-secular celebration of the Persian New Year and beginning of the Spring season

“Norooz in Pasadena 2014” will take place Thursday March 13, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 N. Madison Avenue, at 5:30 p.m., under the direction of founder Dr. Nazee Rofagha, DC, Pasadena resident, and owner of Family Chiropractic Wellness Center.

This year’s festivities will feature a traditional Iranian percussion performance by Erfan Nazemzadeh, along with flamenco guitarist Amir Mafakher.  The evening will also include a dance performance by Djanbazian Dance Academy, as well as Iranian visual artists exhibiting their latest art work.

Aladdin Rugs and Fine Art Gallery will also display an assortment of exquisite Persian rugs and antiques.

Eden Garden will cater the event with an assortment of appetizers, while the Traditional Persian Tea House will serve tea and sweets.

This year’s Guest of Honor is Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, the 2013 Global Citizen Award winner, and a tireless promoter of community diversity.

Nat Nehdar, Chair, Pasadena Human Relations Commission will serve as the Norooz in Pasadena 2014 Master of Ceremonies, and Dr. Ezat Parnia, president of Pacific Oaks College, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Norooz was officially recognized several years ago by the United States Congress through the Norooz Resolution, by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), who said, “Norooz embodies the principle that each individual’s thinking, speaking, and conduct should always be virtuous. It promotes compassion for our fellow human beings irrespective of ethnicity or religion.”

The “Norooz in Pasadena 2014” event will be Thursday, March 13, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 North Madison Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. More information is available at www.noroozpasadena.org/.

 

 

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