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SPECIAL EVENT | Persian New Year Celebration 

I stand by all previous statements I've made about trading our freezing, depressing, and drunken New Year holiday for the traditional Persian New Year celebration of Nowruz, which is celebrated in the springtime. What could be more logical or lovely than pausing to revel in the new life stirring and budding all around you, the return of the songbirds, the longer-lasting daylight?

You can take part in Nowruz on Sunday, March 24 (slightly after the vernal equinox on March 20), 1-5 p.m., at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.). This year's theme is "Ode to Wine: A Program of Poetry, Art, and Culture," and the afternoon will include a presentation of the origin of Nowruz by RIT professors Shahin Monshipour and Robert Dunbar, a lecture, poetry recitations, Persian dance performances, live music, Sofreh Haft Seen displays (the traditional table setting of Nowruz which may include green sprouts, goldfish, eggs, hyacinth, and garlic, among other items), and guided tours of the gallery. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.

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