Nowruz Celebration at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz Celebration at the White House on April 6 and a few members of IABA were honored to attend. After a hilarious and meaningful opening by Comedian Maz Jobrani, Mrs. Obama warmly welcomed us and spoke about Nowruz traditions, celebrating diversity, and even read a few lines by Hafez. She touched on the seven s’s of the haft-seen, one of which was beautifully set up next to her. Members of the Iranian-American community, including artists, journalists, actors, physicians, and government officials feasted on sabzi polo, asheh reshteh, and noon o paneer which were prepared from the White House garden. Her lovely talk was followed by a dance performance by the Nomad Dancers as well as a traditional musical performance by the Center for Classical Music. In only it’s second year, we hope this tradition will live on in the White House for many years to come.
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