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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 more than an 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, celebrated and promoted Iranian arts and its rich culture along with the non-Iranian community last week.
This year’s festivities included live entertainment including a traditional Iranian percussion performance by Erfan Nazemzadeh with Flamenco guitarist Amir Mafakher. The evening highlights also included a dance performance by Djanbazian Dance Academy and Iranian Visual Artists exhibit their latest art work.
Eden Garden catered the event with a delicious assortment of appetizers while the Traditional Persian Tea House serves tea and sweets.
Norooz Master of Ceremonies was, as always!K Nat Nehdar, Chair, Pasadena Human Relations Commission with Dr. Ezat Parnia, President, Pacific Oaks College serving as the Keynote Speaker.
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.”
-Photo by Terry Miller