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.