Nowruz Commission

Nowruz Commission Nowruz Commission is a non-profit global multi-cultural public diplomacy organization dedicated to promoting the spirit of Nowruz. Nowruz Commission is a non-religious, non-political organization that focuses on bringing people of different cultures together to celebrate Nowruz.

Nowruz means “New Day” in Persian. It signifies the celebration of the first day of Spring at the exact moment of the Vernal Equinox. Legend has it that it started 3,000 years ago in Persia. In the beginning, people of all origins celebrated it together. However, over time, this togetherness was lost. Each culture celebrated it on its own and in its own community. That was true until March 17, 2010, when for the first time in known history, nine countries and communities came together to form the Nowruz Commission, and once again celebrate this time-honored tradition together at the Library of Congress. *** Nowruz, literally meaning “new day,” has lived up to its name in wondrous ways. For at least three millennia, it has provided the supreme occasion for renewal and rejuvenation. The power behind its inexhaustible appeal resides in a simple truth: humans need a ritual that transcends distinct and distinguishable group identities to celebrate our common humanity. Nowruz does so by inviting everyone to contemplate nature as it puts on its most magnificent dress at springtime and to synchronize personal and communal relations with the spirit of nature. Pointing to nature’s ability to renew itself each and every year, Nowruz manifests intense human yearnings that transcend all divisions. The roots of Nowruz are scattered in myth and in history in much of western Asia and is anchored most profoundly in Persian mythology, where it marks the beginning of the calendar. In recent centuries, as Empires in India and Iran, In Anatolia and Central Asia gave way to the modern countries, Nowruz has been celebrated in accordance with myriad local customs and traditions. Everywhere, however, it offers the promise of a human community in which a race of all races can create a new global culture beyond all nationhood and nationality. It aspires to no less than a human community as beautiful and colorful as nature on the first day of spring.

Mission: To revive the togetherness of all cultures who first celebrated Nowruz in the beginning. To promote and preserve not only the physical significance of Nowruz as a universal new year, but also its philosophical significance of renewal of the bonds of friendship, care and compassion around the world. Vision: To help cause a positive and measurable change in the lives of the people of Nowruz countries, their health, their education, their environment and their degree of care about people all over the world.

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03/23/2020

Ten years ago, on March 17, 2010 at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, your Nowruz Commission was born, reviving the 3000 year old ancient tradition of celebrating Nowruz *together*.

*Together*, we celebrated the arrival of Spring each year more gloriously than the year before.

*Together*, we put good thoughts into good words and turned good words into good deeds.

Over the last decade, we saved 21 young lives with open heart surgeries, provided growth opportunities for young and exceptionally accomplished individuals, helped immigrants raise their upward mobility, dug a well in remote parts of Africa to help get clean drinking water to 300 families, and provided 1,000 backpacks filled with essentials to children in refugee camps. In 2017, at our last annual gala, we announced our plan to bring the good thoughts, good words, good deeds of NC to America. We went to West Virginia, partnered with public entities, and raised funds to serve our friends.

This year, the pandemic has kept us apart, but our hearts are connected. Now, with the arrival of Spring comes a time of renewal: the earth is waking up. Tulips are blooming, cherry blossoms are smiling, the grass is growing greener, and the Spring breeze is the harbinger of good news. As the darkness of winter fades with the light of Spring, these challenging times too shall pass.

On this Nowruz, we wish the world a speedy return to health, prosperity, peace, and joy.

While we may be physically apart, we remain together in our shared celebration of the time-honored tradition of Nowruz.

Dear Nowruz Commission friends:As we announced at our gala event in March 2017, we will not be hosting our annual Nowruz...
03/12/2018
Celebrating Nowruz in 2018 | Nowruz Commission

Dear Nowruz Commission friends:

As we announced at our gala event in March 2017, we will not be hosting our annual Nowruz gala in March 2018.

Nowruz Commission has two primary objectives driving our mission: first, to promote and preserve “Togetherness” at Nowruz, and second, to use that togetherness to do good work. Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds — six words and thirty letters are the foundation of our mission.

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Wishing you and your families, friends, and loved ones the very best of Nowruz 1397 Solar Year on March 20, 2018 with health and joy.

We look forward to sharing more about the NC America 2020 Project with you soon.

Celebrating Nowruz in 2018 Posted by NC on February 7, 2018 in Events, News, Programs with no comments Dear Nowruz Commission friends: As we announced at our gala event in March 2017, we will not be hosting our annual Nowruz gala in March 2018. Nowruz Commission has two primary objectives driving ou...

03/17/2017
Banafsheh Sayyad

We are looking forward to your performance, Banafsheh Sayyad!

I've been in London for the past 6 days with meetings about what I will unfold soon....it has been great to revisit my second hometown after Tehran which is London! Now on my way to D.C. to perform at the Nowruz Commission Gala tomorrow evening at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

03/20/2015

Dear Friends,

On this day, let us remember the importance of "togetherness" in the spirit of this ancient rite of Nowruz that we all share. Let us remember that regardless of what divides us, we are one as we come together to celebrate the renewal and rebirth of life and a new beginning.

May this year bring peace and prosperity to each and every one of you, and may we spread joy and compassion to people all over the world, together.

Happy Nowruz and Happy Spring!

02/19/2015

We're less than one month away from Nowruz Commission's Fifth Birthday Celebration! This year, we will be hosting our 6th annual gala event celebrating Nowruz with our 20 participating countries and communities!

Interested in attending the upcoming event on March 14? Sponsorship packages are still available, as are a limited number of individual tickets. http://nowruzcommission.org/2015/01/20/2015-sponsorship-information/

PS Follow this link to see highlights from last year's event, and learn more about our programs and events in 2014: http://nowruzcommission.org/2015/01/20/highlights-from-2014/

03/20/2014

Dear friends:

On behalf of the board of directors of the Nowruz Commission, we wish you a very Happy Nowruz and Happy Spring!

On this day, let us remember the importance of “togetherness” in the spirit of this ancient rite of Nowruz that we all share. Let us remember that regardless of what divides us, we are one as we come together to celebrate the renewal and rebirth of life and a new beginning.

May this year bring peace and prosperity to each and every one of you, and may we spread joy and compassion to people all over the world, together.

03/05/2014

10 Days until our Annual Gala! Find out more about us at nowruzcommission.org

an online version of newsletter #3! each individual story has also been posted on the website! sponsorship packages for ...
02/02/2014
Newsletter #3 | Nowruz Commission

an online version of newsletter #3! each individual story has also been posted on the website!

sponsorship packages for our upcoming march 15th event will be posted here and to our website soon!

... or, if you'd prefer to read about what happened at last year's event, look no further! all the images from the event...
01/27/2014
Fourth Annual Nowruz Commission Gala Dinner | Nowruz Commission

... or, if you'd prefer to read about what happened at last year's event, look no further! all the images from the event are also located here on our page!

Fourth Annual Nowruz Commission Gala DinnerPosted by Christine on January 26, 2014 in Events, News with no commentsOn March 16, 2013, Nowruz Commission celebrated its Fourth Annual Gala at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. Guests traveled from near and far to celebrate togetherness,...

in preparation for the release of the third edition of our newsletter, the video from our 2013 event has been posted on ...
01/27/2014
VIDEO: Fourth Annual Nowruz Commission Gala Event | Nowruz Commission

in preparation for the release of the third edition of our newsletter, the video from our 2013 event has been posted on our website! check it out!

VIDEO: Fourth Annual Nowruz Commission Gala EventPosted by Christine on January 26, 2014 in Events, Multimedia, News with no comments

03/21/2013

Dear friends:

As we celebrate the arrival of Spring with Nowruz, from Ankara to Astana to Baku to Bishkek to Dushanbe to Erbil to Kabul to Kazan to Kiev to Tashkent to Tehran and to Tbilisi, and even beyond to London, Paris, Rome, Vancouver and wherever the Spring breeze takes brings the promise of brighter days, we also celebrate the treasures of our shared values.

Let us share a promise to be better this year than we were the last year. Let us promise to ourselves to be more caring and more compassionate about others. Let us commit ourselves to do what we can to better our own lives and the lives of others around us and far from us.

Let us remind ourselves that we can and should multiply our joy by sharing it with people all over the world. This is the promise of Spring. The promise of the rebirth of the earth and the promise of the renewal of the bonds of our friendship.

May this Nowruz bring much joy, health and prosperity to you and your families all over the world. Happy Nowruz!

This summer, Nowruz Commission sponsored 10 life-saving cardiac surgeries for Afghan children through our partnership wi...
09/13/2012
Nowruz Commission Sponsors Ten Life-Saving Cardiac Surgeries for Afghan Children | Nowruz Commission

This summer, Nowruz Commission sponsored 10 life-saving cardiac surgeries for Afghan children through our partnership with Gift of Life International (GOLI). View profiles of the children and more on our website.

Nowruz Commission Sponsors Ten Life-Saving Cardiac Surgeries for Afghan Children Posted by christine on August 25, 2012 in News, Programs with no comments Please note: The text included below is a selection from the report prepared by Gift of Life International. A link to the full...

check out our new and improved website at www.nowruzcommission.org! read about our march 17, 2012 event and our other re...
08/31/2012
Nowruz Commission

check out our new and improved website at www.nowruzcommission.org! read about our march 17, 2012 event and our other recent news.

Helping to cause a positive and measurable change in the lives of the people of Nowruz countries, their health, their education, their environment and their degree of care about people all over the world.

03/20/2012
On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2012
Remarks of President Obama Marking Nowruz

Today, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those who are celebrating Nowruz around the world. In communities and homes from America to southwest Asia, families and friends are coming together to celebrate the hope that comes with renewal.



To the people of Iran, this holiday comes at a time of continued tension between our two countries. But as people gather with their families, do good deeds, and welcome a new season, we are also reminded of the common humanity that we share.



There is no reason for the United States and Iran to be divided from one another. Here in the United States, Iranian-Americans prosper and contribute greatly to our culture. This year, an Iranian production - “A Separation” - won America’s highest honor for a foreign film. Our navies have confronted the danger of piracy, with U.S. sailors even rescuing Iranian citizens who had been taken hostage. And from Facebook to Twitter - from cell phones to the Internet - our people use the same tools to talk to one another, and to enrich our lives.



Yet increasingly, the Iranian people are denied the basic freedom to access the information that they want. Instead, the Iranian government jams satellite signals to shut down television and radio broadcasts. It censors the Internet to control what the Iranian people can see and say. The regime monitors computers and cell phones for the sole purpose of protecting its own power. And in recent weeks, Internet restrictions have become so severe that Iranians cannot communicate freely with their loved ones within Iran, or beyond its borders. Technologies that should empower citizens are being used to repress them.



Because of the actions of the Iranian regime, an electronic curtain has fallen around Iran - a barrier that stops the free flow of information and ideas into the country, and denies the rest of the world the benefit of interacting with the Iranian people, who have so much to offer.



I want the Iranian people to know that America seeks a dialogue to hear your views and understand your aspirations. That’s why we set up a Virtual Embassy, so you can see for yourselves what the United States is saying and doing. We’re using Farsi on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. And even as we’ve imposed sanctions on the Iranian government, today, my Administration is issuing new guidelines to make it easier for American businesses to provide software and services into Iran that will make it easier for the Iranian people to use the Internet.



The United States will continue to draw attention to the electronic curtain that is cutting the Iranian people off from the world. And we hope that others will join us in advancing a basic freedom for the Iranian people: the freedom to connect with one another, and with their fellow human beings.



Over the last year, we have learned once more that suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people are the heirs to a great and ancient civilization. Like people everywhere, they have the universal right to think and speak for themselves. The Iranian government has a responsibility to respect these rights, just as it has a responsibility to meet its obligations with regard to its nuclear program. Let me say again that if the Iranian government pursues a responsible path, it will be welcomed once more among the community of nations, and the Iranian people will have greater opportunities to prosper.



So in this season of new beginnings, the people of Iran should know that the United States of America seeks a future of deeper connections between our people - a time when the electronic curtain that divides us is lifted and your voices are heard; a season in which mistrust and fear are overcome by mutual understanding and our common hopes as human beings.



Thank you, and Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak.


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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama send greetings to the Iranian people celebrating Nowruz. In his video message, the President tells the Iranian ...

03/20/2012

As we begin to welcome the arrival of Nowruz, we hope for a New Year filled with health, joy, peace and prosperity for the people of the world... May this Nowruz be the harbinger of good news, and may every day of the New Year be as happy as Nowruz!

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Today's lecture on Nowruz by American scholar of Iranian origin in Dushanbe