Persian New Year Nowruz Reception @ National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque [21 March]

Persian New Year Nowruz Reception

17:00 - 19:00

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National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Join us for the celebration of Persian New Year Nowruz on March 21 at 5 pm in the Salon Ortega. As part of the Revolutions Theatre Festival, we will have the opening of a painting exhibition by the Iranian artist Hadieh Afshani who has been on an exchange artist residency program to Mexico and explored the similar elements in Mexican and Persian art. This exhibition will be on display in the Salon Ortega until March 23.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about the Nowruz tradition the 7-Seen (Haft-Seen) table and taste some Iranian dishes.

This event is co-hosted by Center for Cultural Diplomacy and Development. (

More about Artist:
Hadieh Afshani is a visual artist based in New York City. Born and raised in Iran, Hadieh moved to Australia and lived there for 10 years before finally moving to the United States. Hadieh's works are mostly focused on two main topics; women/gender issues and land connection. In her works, Hadieh has been examining the spaces her body has occupied and focusing on the interiors she has lived in or places that are part of human identity, at different parts of the world. She emphasizes the liminal zones in those spaces: doorways, hallways, windows. Read more here:

About Nowruz: Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Persian/Iranian calendar It usually occurs on March 21. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.
Although having Iranian and religious Zoroastrian origins, Nowruz has been celebrated by people from diverse ethno-linguistic communities. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. Read more:

7-Seen Table or Haft-Seen (the seven seen's) is a tabletop (sofreh) arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz, the Iranian new year.
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