Asia Society Texas Celebrates the Persian New Year With Nowruz-Inspired Spring Break Fun, Festival
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HOUSTON, March 20, 2023 — Asia Society Texas celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year, welcoming over 400 people for daily Spring Break activities and 1,300 guests for an evening festival to conclude the week's festivities.
Marking the beginning of spring and the renewal of nature, Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people around the world. Over four days of Spring Break at Asia Society Texas, attendees learned about Nowruz traditions through free hands-on activities, storytimes, and dances, while also enjoying free admission to the exhibition on view.
The week concluded with a free evening celebration featuring music and dance performances, food, and additional storytimes, arts, and crafts. Attendees learned more deeply about Nowruz and the many communities that celebrate the holiday through displays of the Shahnameh, a Haft Seen Table, and a collection of items representing stops along the ancient Silk Road that connected Central Asia, China, and Europe.
Spring Break: Nowruz at Asia Society Texas was presented in partnership with the Zoroastrian Association of Houston, with additional support from Earth Stone & Colours and the Society of Iranian American Women for Education. Program partners and performers included the Zoroastrian Association of Houston, the Iranian Cultural Foundation, the Houston Bahai'i Community, Behzad Kaigobadi, Ed White Elementary School, Dance of Asian America, Ismaili Council of Southwestern USA, and Rhythm India Dance School.
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.