Iranian-American community celebrates Nowruz in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — More than 200 members of the Iranian-American community in northern Alabama came out Saturday night for the Persian New Year party in downtown Huntsville.

The ancient holiday is called Nowruz, pronounced “No-Rooz”, in Iran and other Central Asian countries, and is celebrated by people of different religions. Partygoers said this year’s celebration was very special because the holidays are all about being with family and having fun, which was hard to do during the peaks of COVID-19.

“This celebration means the world to me,” said Huntsville native Pedram Maleknia. “Being in the medical field, I’ve seen what COVID has done. And for the community to come together, a community that I lived with for 24 years, right? Many of these people have known me longer than I have known myself. And just being able to come back and dance, enjoy good Persian food and celebrate Nowruz with all the people I love means a lot.

Nowruz is observed every year in early spring, making the Persian calendar the most accurate in the world.

Last year, Mayor Tommy Battle officially declared Nowruz on March 20 in the town of Huntsville.

Spring officially begins at 10:33:25 a.m. on Sunday morning.

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