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Celebrating Persian New Year

Angie Frederickson
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Jen Kavoussi, Yasmin Egge, Bissan Mounir, Nisa Dadjoo

Jen Kavoussi, Yasmin Egge, Bissan Mounir, and Nisa Dadjoo

Jen Kavoussi, Yasmin Egge, Bissan Mounir, and Nisa Dadjoo (pictured, from left) gathered at Nisa’s home for a festive Nowruz celebration. Nowruz, the 13-day festival that marks the Persian New Year and the first day of spring, originated more than 3,000 years ago. The holiday symbolizes renewal and harmony with nature and begins at the exact moment of the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox, which is typically between March 19 and 22. Nisa’s festive party was full of cocktails, food, and dancing for friends and family members, and it featured a traditional spread called “haft seen.” Everything on the spread represents something positive that is wished for in the new year. 

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