Not only does Norooz mark the first day of Spring, the beginning of the Iranian calendar, it is the start of the Persian New Year. Celebrated by millions of Iranians worldwide, this year the Persian New Year begins on Thursday, March 20th, however; there are festivities around the world that start before and continue after. Sale no mobarak!
Los Angeles is nicknamed Tehrangeles, as it is home to almost one million Iranian residents which all celebrate the Persian new year. Every year items are placed on a table to symbolize the new year (ex. – a mirror represents sky, as a candle represents fire, a goldfish represents animals, as painted eggs represent humans, etc.) that we are truly grateful for. Although many Iranians love to celebrate with their families, there are also many who love to attend events for the New Year.
On Wednesday, March 12th the Rancho Park Rotary Club will be holding their annual Nowruz Party. Located in the heart of Los Angeles on 11301 W. Olympic Boulevard, you can enjoy great food, drinks, and an even greater time for only $85. For more information call (310) 890-5454.
The Iranian American Bar Association (or IABA) will kick off their annual Nowruz Gala on Thursday, March 13th on 11301 W. Olympic Boulevard. $70 for IABA members, $75 for non-IABA members, and $65 for students. This will include dinner and entertainment featuring DJ Julius. For more information call (909) 856-3834.
On Saturday, March 15th the Iranian American Dental Association (or IADA) will be holding their annual Nowruz Gala. The price is $100 per ticket or $900 for 10 tickets. Located in the heart of the city of angels; hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert will be served at 7 pm. Also included is live entertainment by Ali Danial. For more information call (310) 499-5622.
The Child Foundation will hold their 13th annual Nowruz Bazaar event on Sunday, March 16th from 11 am until 5 pm in the heart of Sherman Oaks at the Courtyard by Marriott on 15433 Ventura Boulevard. Not only is admission free, it will include an array of events such as entertainment by DJ Maha. For more information call (310) 453-0809.
On Sunday, March 16th from 10 am until 6 pm, the ISCC & Mahak will be hosting their 6th annual Norooz celebration. Located at the Hyatt Regency on 1107 Jamboree Road in Newport Beach, the admission is free. For more information call (949) 679-9911.
Can you believe Nowruz is approaching? And guess what, the festivities are astonishing this year. This Sunday, on March 16th the Shab Neshini is hosting a haute Persian New Year Celebration with HELEN at 8 pm in Tarzana which will include a Persian dinner, live entertainment, and more. For more information call (818) 926-3042.
On Tuesday, March 18th 4Shanbeh is hosting a Soori Party at Landmark. Located in the heart of Corona Del Mar, this Persian celebration will include only the best entertainment. For more information call (949) 436-7375.
The festivities don’t stop here. On Tuesday, March 18th they continue with the Chaharshanbe Suri. Located at the IMAN Center in the heart of LA on 3376 Motor Avenue, you can enjoy amazing good and entertainment. With live music by Babak Khorami and Arash Atila, you are not going to want to miss the Persian Festival of Fire. For more information call (310) 202-8181.
On Saturday, March 22nd LURE in Hollywood will be holding their 14th Annual Norouz Mega Bash at 10 pm. Located on 1439 Ivar Avenue, you can enjoy the sounds of Peyman Z, Deejay MD, DJ Kash, Mehrbod, Alex, Deejay AL, and DJ Next Level. For more information call (310) 363-0311.
The Persian Cultural Center & Association of Iranian Americans (or PCC & AIAP) will be hosting their Nowruz celebration at 7 pm on Saturday, March 22nd in the heart of San Diego. This will include a Persian dinner which is served by Amir Catering and live entertainment which will feature DJ Julius, Black Cats, and the Persian Dance Academy. For more information call (858) 552-9355 or (858) 215-2427.
On Sunday, March 23rd the Farhang Foundation will be holding their 6th Annual Iranian New Year celebration at LACMA in the heart of Tehrangeles on 5905 Wilshire Boulevard. Every year this event attracts thousands upon thousands of people. The fun begins at 11 am and ends 7 pm. For more information call (323) 857-6010.
The Persian Community Group of Orange County is inviting the entire Persian community (and those interested in Persian culture, of course) to their Nowruz festival on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Located at the Rose Garden in Bill Barber Community Park, you can enjoy live entertainment from 1 pm until 5 pm. For more information call (714) 878-2904.
In between Westwood boulevard and Ohio and Wilkins, a special Persian New Year celebration kicks off on Sunday, March 23rd from 10 am and lasts until 5 pm at the Persian Square. For more information call (818) 908-0808.
On Saturday, March 29th the Farhang Foundation is honoring the Iranian New Year in Orange County from 11 am until 5 pm at the Samueli Theatre in the heart of Costa Mesa on 600 Town Center Drive. It is free to the public and will include music, dance, and family-friendly entertainment for Persians and those interested in the culture. For more information call (323) 857-6010.