WHAT: Nassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D - Great Neck) will recognize Norooz - the Persian New Year - in the Legislative Chamber of the Nassau County Legislature on Tuesday, March 24.
Legislator Birnbaum became the first Nassau County Legislator to recognize Norooz when she inaugurated the practice in 2018. Norooz, which translates to “new day,” is an ancient Zoroastrian holiday celebrated by Iranians of all faiths during the Spring Equinox and is symbolic of the end and renewal.
The program is slated to feature a musical performance; the recitation of poems highlighting Iranian culture and history; and remarks from government and community leaders. Legislator Birnbaum’s third annual Norooz observance is being presented with support from the Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc. (SHAI), Iranian Mothers Association (IMA), the United Mashadi Jewish Community of America (UMJCA) and the Ester Chapter of Hadassah.
Light Persian refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to kindly RSVP to Legislator Birnbaum’s office by Friday, March 20 at 516-571-6210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 24
TIME: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building
1550 Franklin Avenue, Legislative Chamber
Mineola, N.Y. 11501
PHOTO CAPTION: “Five Generations of Reflection into the New Year: The Matriarchs.” Artwork by Josephine Mairzadeh commissioned for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, depicting a ceremonial table prepared for Norooz.