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Nowruz Family Festival - National Museum of Asian Art

Nowruz Family Festival

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    Sunday, March 10, 2024
    11:00 am–4:00 pm


    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, S. Dillon Ripley Center
    National Museum of Asian Art, S. Dillon Ripley Center


Activity Schedule & Map

Help us plan, RSVP here.
Honor the Persian New Year at our annual Nowruz Family Day. Welcome spring with free attractions for all ages, including storytelling, hands-on activities, and more. 
Activities will include: 

  • Haftseen table displays  
  • Interactive storytelling by Xanthe Gresham (limited capacity) 
  • Dance performances by Nomad Dancers (limited capacity) 
  • Musical performances by Constantinople (separate tickets needed) 
  • Nowruz crafts and activities  in partnership with Iranian Community School and FarsiSpeakingKids
  • Docent-led spotlight talks
  • Family fun activities
  • Curator-led gallery tours  
  • Persian food and sweets available for purchase from Kabob Bazaar, Kandu Pastry, and Rosewater DC 
  • Featured exhibitions Journey of Color, Engaging the Senses, and Feast Your Eyes 
*Free, separate tickets for the musical performances will be given out on site starting at 12:45 p.m. in front of the Meyer Auditorium* 
General RSVP through Eventbrite is not considered a ticket and does not guarantee entry to these performances. 
Check back in for a more detailed schedule. 
About Nowruz:

Nowruz, the Persian word for “new day,” marks the vernal equinox and the first day of spring. Rooted in Zoroastrianism, the religion of Iran before the advent of Islam, Nowruz was celebrated in much of the ancient Near East as early as three thousand years ago. Today, people in many regions from West Asia and the Caucasus to Central Asia and South Asia participate in the thirteen days of Nowruz festivities with their own local variations. 
Our annual festival is made possible by the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Culture Celebrations Fund.



Celebrations, Culinary Arts, Demonstrations, Gallery Talks & Tours, Kids & Families, Performances