Persian New Year

The month of March is filled with holiday celebrations. Houstonians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a really big way, and International Women’s Day gets plenty of attention. (Some folks we know even celebrate World Kidney Day.) A little less well known locally than St. Paddy’s Day is Nowruz. “Nowruz is the Persian New Year, and is celebrated through much of Asia,” says Paul Pass, education and outreach manager of Asia Society Texas Center. “It commences the spring season and marks a new [start] in the Iranian calendar.” The Asia Society will celebrate with a day of Nowruz festivities including art activities, dancing, music, storytelling and related interactive experiences for the whole family. As with most holidays, there are lots of symbols associated with Nowruz, including fire (to cleanse one in preparation for the new year), and the Haft-Seen table (which refers to seven items whose names all begin with an “s” sound in the Persian language) and traditional food such as the Iranian kuku sabzi (an herb and vegetable soufflé).

1 to 4 p.m. 1370 Southmore Boulevard. For information, call 713-496-9901 or visit asiasociety.org. Free to $20.
Sun., March 9, 1-4 p.m., 2014

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