Every year, Nowruz (Persian New Year) commemorates the astronomical start of spring and the renewal of nature. This year, the historic rite falls on Thursday, March 21st, according to the Iranian Solar Hijri calendar and UNESCO. So if you’re looking to learn more about the holiday and connect with the local Persian community in BC, make note of these Nowruz celebrations taking place this year.

Celebrating Nowruz 

From 6:30 to 9:30 on Saturday, March 16th, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is celebrating Nowruz (Persian New Year) and the start of spring with a family-friendly night of refreshments, live music, dance, live science demos, and a special presentation on the history of Nowruz in the Planetarium Star Theatre.

When: Saturday, March 16th
Where: 1100 Chestnut Street
Cost: $20.55

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Nowruz Celebration 

Aban Art & Culture Society is hosting a Nowruz Celebration at the Richmond Cultural Centre with live music, dance performances, and mouthwatering Persian cuisine.

Note that children aged five years and under do not require a ticket for entry.

When: Friday, March 15th
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre
Cost: $11.98

Nowruz Celebration and Potluck – Persian New Year

The Iranian Canadian Society of Vancouver Island is hosting a Nowruz celebration and potluck at Nanaimo’s Beban Park Social Centre, where guests of all backgrounds are welcome to gather and share food together.

When: Friday, March 15th
Where: 2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Cost: $20

So there you have it, BC! Happy Nowruz!