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Norooz in Pasadena, a project of Narooz, Inc., a non-secular celebration of the Persian New Year and beginning of Spring, has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition in the San Gabriel Valley.
And now, for the eighth year in a row, under the caring hands of Norooz in Pasadena founder Dr. Nazee Rofagha, DC, who maintains both Family Chiropractic Wellness Center and a residence here, this great city will come together to celebrate and promote Iranian arts and its rich culture along with the non-Iranian community. Norooz in Pasadena 2014 takes place on Thursday March 13 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 150 N. Madison Avenue between 5:30pm and 8:45pm.
This year’s festivities feature live entertainment including a traditional Iranian percussion performance by Erfan Nazemzadeh with Flamenco guitarist Amir Mafakher. The evening highlights also include a dance performance by Djanbazian Dance Academy and Iranian Visual Artists exhibit their latest art work. Also sharing the beauty and artistic prowess of the Iranian culture will be Aladdin Rugs and Fine Art Gallery which will display an assortment of exquisite Persian rugs and antiques.
Hungry and thirstyA!X Eden Garden is generously catering the event a delicious assortment of appetizers while the Traditional Persian Tea House serves tea and sweets.
Norooz in Pasadena 2014 Master of Ceremonies is Nat Nehdar, Chair, Pasadena Human Relations Commission with Dr. Ezat Parnia, President, Pacific Oaks College serving as the Keynote Speaker.
This year’s Guest of Honor is Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, the 2013 Global Citizen Award winner and a tireless promoter of community diversity.
Norooz was officially recognized several years ago by the United States Congress following the introduction of The Norooz Resolution by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), stating “Norooz embodies the principle that each individual’s thinking, speaking, and conduct should always be virtuous. It promotes compassion for our fellow human beings irrespective of ethnicity or religion.”
For further information, to make a donation and or RSVP. Please visit http://www.noroozpasadena.org/.
-Photo by Terry Miller