Voice of America’s Persian Service hosted a luncheon yesterday to celebrate Norouz, the annual holiday that marks the Persian New Year as well as the first day of spring.
Guests from all over the agency joined in the festivities.
Norouz is about new beginnings and reaching out to others. It’s inclusive and is a time to celebrate for everyone. Not only is it the Persian New Year but the first day of spring. It comes at a time when people are looking for renewal and rebirth. The historical and cultural traditions of Norouz reflect that.
Mora Namdar, Producer and Special Assistant focusing on National Security and Policy
This year, the staff wanted to celebrate Norouz with everyone, not just inside the Persian Service. They wanted to invite the whole house. When I was asked, I thought ‘To quote David Ensor…why not?’ They were all very excited. This is a great holiday, and they rallied at the chance to share it. They worked hard to raise funds for the event.
Billy Otwell, General Manager of VOA Persian