MFA hosted a Celebration of  Nowruz, the Persian New Year, with a day of special activities on Saturday, March 22, 2014. This special day of events was sponsored by the YAS Foundation.

Nowruz, the Persian New Year in Iranian calendars consists of a variety of unique traditions which celebrate the “New Day”.  Although commonly observed by Iranian peoples, it is also celebrated by many other Middle Eastern nations.

To mark this special day, activities at the Museum included live performances, film, art, discussions, and traditional Nowruz activities and displays including:

  • A presentation by Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, sponsor of this MFA celebration, discussing the heritage, culture, civilizations, humanity and myths surrounding Nowruz, the Persian New Year Celebration. Visitors enjoyed the messages of peace and solidarity that this annual festival has brought to mankind spanning millenniums.
  • A display of the Haft Seen (Nowruz holiday table) and Persian-inspired menu items at Taste Café.
  • Traditional stories about Nowruz celebrations and Persian- inspired egg decorating for the younger visitors
  • The Aftab Dance Group performing a variety of classical and modern dance styles to a medley of traditional Persian songs. Aftab Dance Group is a student-run Persian Dance group consisting of members from Boston-area universities.
  • Banafsheh Sayyad and the ZARBANG Trio presented an exuberant program of passionate dance and music exploring the themes of renewal and rebirth in celebration of the Persian New Year at the commencement of spring.  ZARBANG features the virtuoso percussionists Pejman Hadadi and Behnam and Reza Samani on Persian percussive instruments, the Ney (reed flute) and the Neyanban (bag pipe).
  • A preview of the film, “My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns”. In the film, director Kamran Heidari documents the difficulties of Iranian actor Negahdar Jamali, who has struggled with his family, friends, and society for 35 years to make what he enjoys most in his life: Westerns.
  • New York-based artist and  native of Iran, demonstrated the fine art of Persian calligraphy for visitors. Involved in the calligraphy field for over 30 years, he graduated from the Iranian School of Calligraphy in Tehran in 1986 and went on to become an official instructor at the School.
  • A tour of the arts of the Arts of the Safavid Empire Gallery featuring Ceramics from Iran