The Seven Things: Persian New Year Celebration @ The Alchemist's Kitchen, New York [14 March]

The Seven Things: Persian New Year Celebration

20:00 - 22:00

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The Alchemist's Kitchen
21 East 1st Street, New York, New York 10003
with Persian Music Ensemble

Nowruz meaning ‘new day’ in Farsi is the celebration of Persian New Year. This exquisite week-long festival has many rituals culminating on the evening of the Vernal equinox.

Persian-speaking people across the globe celebrate this festival by cleaning their homes, visiting relatives and creating a beautiful altar called a Haft-Sin table. Haft-Sin meaning “seven things” in Farsi contains items including traditional springtime offerings like colored eggs, fresh wheatgrass, a mirror and a candle, as well as 7 symbolic items specific to the Persian New Year, including honey, milk, wine, pure sugar, a candle or flame, branches from a flowering tree and fresh fruits, representing the purification of the spirit and rebirth in the springtime.

Our New Year program will consist of readings from Seven poets, including ancient poets like Hafez, Rumi and Saadi, as well as modern Persian poets like Moshiri and the feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad. In between readings of poetry, there will be a selection of music from the classical Persian Dastgah (modal) music system, Persian folk songs and Persian Dances.

Persian Music Ensemble Includes:

Hedayat Shafeei – Tar, Setar
Amin Sarshar – Setar, Vocals
Juliet Rabia Gentile – Vocals, Frame Drum
David Yusuf Tehrani – Setar, Tonbak, Daf
Taylor Bergren-Chrisman – Upright Bass

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$25 at the door
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