There is a celebration of the Persian New Year hosted by Orlando State Representative Anna Eskamani, the Orlando Museum of Art and the Ismaili Council for Florida this Saturday, March 18th at 2pm.
The family-friendly Persian New Year Orlando celebration will include art activities, Persian food catered by Ali Baba, live performances and a special storybook reading of Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story by Adib Khorram.
According to Representative Eskamani, the festival of Nowruz falls on the Spring Equinox and commemorates a centuries old, agrarian custom that over time has been integrated into various cultures and faith traditions. Though the holiday is known most commonly as the Persian New Year, Nowruz is celebrated in many parts of the Middle East and Central and South Asia, particularly among people influenced by Persian and Turkish civilizations. Some countries where people celebrate Nowruz include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
“As an Iranian-American, this holiday is very special to me and I would be honored to celebrate it alongside you,” Rep. Eskamani said.
This local event is free: