ICCNC: Join us and celebrate the Persian New Year and Spring at our Nowruz Festival along with your friends and family in the warm atmosphere of our social gathering at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC).
Including Art Show and Bazaar, Entertainment for families and kids, Live Music and Poetry, and Performance by Andeesheh School’s students
March 11, 2017, 1-6 p.m.
Address: 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612 at Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)
Including Special English & Multicultural Program
This program is FREE, in both English and Farsi, and open to the public. All are welcome. Suggested donation is $10. Food is available for purchase from Pomegranate Restaurant on site.
– 1- 6 p.m.: Art exhibit and Bazaar
– 2- 3 p.m.: Andeesheh’s performance and entertainments for kids and families (art and craft stations, egg painting, face painting, balloon making, and more)
– 3:30- 4:30 p.m.: English program (presentation and film screening about Nowruz, interactive community discussion about Nowruz and its culture)
– 5- 6 p.m.: Live Music and Farsi program (poetry, film screening about Nowruz, remarks by the new Board)
Nowruz (Persian: نوروز Nowruz; [nouˈɾuːz]; literally “New Day”) is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranian and Farsi speaking peoples, along with some other related ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.
It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western Asia. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.
Countries that have Nowruz as a public holiday include Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Also the Canadian parliament, by unanimous consent, has passed a bill to add Nowruz to the national calendar of Canada, on March 30, 2009.
It is also taken place by Iranian communities in several regions in Europe and the Americas, including Los Angeles, Toronto, Cologne, and London. On 15 March 2010, the House of Representatives of the United States passed the Nowruz Resolution (H.Res. 267), by a 384–2 vote, “Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, … .”
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Table Rental Agreement at ICCNC for “Nowruz” Program on March 11, 2017
– To reserve a table for showing artworks, selling goods, or presenting your organization or business please contact Art & Culture at firstname.lastname@example.org before March 5, 2017. The fee for reserving a table for individual artists and nonprofits is $30, table for businesses is $50.