ChaharShanbeh Souri Tuesday, March 15th Persian Center . SPONSORED by: ART IN FARSI

Charshanbe Soori 2011

Berkeley, CA – Jump over a bonfire for “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Persian Center, 2029 Durant Avenue in Berkeley from 6-10pm to shake off the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. A Persian ritual passed down since ancient Zoroastrian times, the Persian New Year Festival, called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, literally means ‘Eve of Wednesday” because the festival is always held on the last Tuesday of winter, just before the Vernal Equinox or first moment of spring.

Inside the Persian Center, a traditional altar holds green grass, live goldfish, food and other items representative of spring called the “haftseen” or seven ‘s’s as each item on the table begins with the letter ‘s’. Persian music, dance, food and craft vendors, cultural organizations, and children’s activities add to the experience. Vendors and other sponsors are welcome. Sponsored by Persian Center and ArtInFarsi, this is a free, family-friendly, non-alcoholic event held outdoors on Durant Avenue.

Persian Center is a non-profit, charitable 501(c3) organization whose mission is to create an environment in which to conduct social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities designed to strengthen the sense of identity and integrity of all Iranians and Iranian descendants, and to engage individuals interested in or related to Persian community and culture. It is one of a few secular Persian organizations in the United States. For more information contact or 510.548.5335.

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