Statement

OIAC Sponsors Congressional Nowruz Celebration on the Capitol Hill, March 17, 2016

Congressional Nowruz Celebration

Washington, DC, March 16, 2016: The Organization of Iranian American Communities- U.S. (OIAC), sponsors the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) reception/briefing on Capitol Hill, Rayburn Building, Room 2168 (Gold Room) on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 11:30 to 1:00pm.

Nowruz, a cultural heritage of Iran for the past 3000 years marks the beginning of spring, literally meaning a new day. The mullahs are an anathema to Iranian culture and traditions. Since coming to power, the mullahs have declared any celebration of cultural traditions as being contrary to their medievalist mind-set. For example, they have banned the traditional Festival of Fire, celebrated the last Tuesday of the Iranian year, when people from all walks of life, including the youths, women and others, lit bonfires and jump over them.

It is correct that Iran has a rich culture and heritage and is the cradle of many of the modern sciences, literature and art. But this has nothing to do with the clerics, who have always been a force for retrogression, trying to take Iran to the Seventh century. So, one must distinguish between the regime and the Iranian people.

We are inviting you to join your Iranian American friends and celebrate the beginning of the spring that we hope will bring happiness to every home.

Dr. Majid Sadeghpou
OIAC Political Director

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