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Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration

Saturday, March 7, 11 am–5 pm
Freer, Sackler, and Ripley Center

Schedule and map (PDF, 707kb)

Dance, play, and feast your way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museums' seventh annual Nowruz celebration features free attractions for all ages, including:

  • Haft sin table displays
  • "Fire" jumping
  • Storytelling by Xanthe Gresham
  • Face painting
  • Calligraphy
  • DIY haft sin greeting cards
  • Crown making and coloring
  • Iranian music concerts
  • Photo booth
  • Backgammon and chess
  • Slideshow of nineteenth-century photographs of Iran
  • Traditional Persian food, tea, and sweets for sale
  • Book signings by Najmieh Batmanglij and Rashin

Made possible by a generous grant from Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar.

Upcoming Events

Classic Persian Pop: Mitra Sumara
Saturday, March 7, 1 pm

Classic Persian Pop: Mitra Sumara
Saturday, March 7, 4 pm

Inspired by Persia: Anton Belov, baritone; Vera Danchenko-Stern, piano
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm

Ghazal: Indian and Persian Improvisations
Thursday, March 19, 7:30 pm

Annual Nowruz Lecture: Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination
Sunday, March 29, 3 – 4 pm

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery will close for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. Check out asia.si.edu/future to learn more and plan your trip.