March 19, 2013
The Haft-Seen, or Table of Seven S's, from a previous Central New York Persian New Year celebration. The traditional table displays seven items that start with the Persian letter for "s" but can display additional items with special meanings, such as prosperity represented by a bowl of coins.
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Wishes for a happy new year may be three months in the past for many, but for the Persian community, that celebration is just around the corner. This year, not only does March 20 mark the first day of spring, but also the Persian new year, 1392. An estimated 300 residents in Central New York, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will celebrate Nowruz, the name for the holiday. Boroujerdi, also director of the Middle Eastern studies program at Syracuse University, is the organizer of this year’s local Persian New Year party.