Where to Celebrate Nowruz in New York City

Where to Celebrate Nowruz in New York City


Nowruz is the Persian New Year, which this year takes place on March 21. Here's where you can celebrate it in New York City.

Nowruz means “new day,” and is an ancient celebration that takes place during the vernal equinox. It coincides with the first day of spring, and carries with it traditions such as cleaning the house, fire jumping, and of course, delicious food.

Nowruz Celebrations in NYC

Bronx Rising! Persian New Year: Nowruz
Saturday, March 18, 5:30pm and 7pm
WHERE: Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx 
WHAT: Crafting Nowruz Family Workshop starts at 5:30pm. At 7pm, there will be a poetry reading and performance. Nowruz, which means "new day," is an ancestral holiday marking the first day of spring. In the Iranian/Persian tradition, a special table setting is made. In this workshop, families will learn about Nowruz and create their own table setting by decorating and painting eggs and using paper crafts. Co-facilitated by Sareh Imani and Sahar Muradi.
   After the family workshop, Amir Vahab will read the poetry of Hafez, which is also used to tell fortunes. Audience members will be able to ask their own questions to the poet. Music performance by Vatan, a group of Middle Eastern-American musicians who blend the lines between Persian folk music and country, funk and rock, as they revive classic tunes while building new ones. 
WANT TO GO? 917-557-2354. whedco.org. 

Family Day: Spring Into Nowruz! Persian New Year
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 12-4pm
WHERE: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., Upper East Side
WHAT: Nowruz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Nowruz with traditional music, dance, and crafts from Central Asia and Iran. 
WANT TO GO? $12; $5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE). 212-288-6400. asiasociety.org/new-york. 

Persian Arts Festival Presents: 'Zahhak, The Legend Of The Serpent King'
WHEN: Sunday, March 19, 10am and 12pm shows
WHERE: National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St., Williamsburg
WHAT: A Persian folk tale from the Shahnahmeh or Book of Kings brought to life through live music, narration and shadow puppets by Hamid Rahmanian, the creator of the critically acclaimed masterpiece, Feathers of Fire. The 15-minute performance will be followed by a shadow puppet-making workshop for kids.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 for children. persianartsfestival.org. 646-779-8455. 

Persian Arts Festival: 11th Annual Nowruz Celebration 
WHEN: Sunday, March 19, 10am-9pm
WHERE: National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St., Williamsburg

WHAT: The Persian Arts Festival celebrates 11 years of a showcasing the work of hundreds of Iranian American artists from around the world. The festival will feature multiple art forms including short films curated by West Coast's Noor Iranian Film Festival, family-friendly performances of Fictionville Studio's shadow puppet masterpiece, Zahnak, The Legend of the Serpent King, a panel discussion featuring Iranian American filmmakers and scholars, Persian fusion cuisine by Rider restaurant's critically acclaimed chef, Patrick Connolly, and music by Persian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi accompanied by Nagmeh Farahmand.
WANT TO GO? $40 advance tickets. persianartsfestival.org. 646-779-8455.  


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Main image: A woman partakes in a Nowruz celebration.