Nowruz in Seattle 2019

SISCA is proud to host the 3rd Annual Nowruz Celebration at Seattle City Hall!  Learn more below.

Event Details

What: Nowruz (Persian New Year) Celebration
When: March 17, 2019; 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Where: Seattle City Hall, 600 5th Ave Seattle WA 98104
Who:  Open to all and family-friendly
Cost: FREE!

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Getting There & Accessibility

The event is located at Seattle City Hall:  600 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98104

Driving from the South
  • On I-5 North, take exit 164A
  • Turn left on James St.
  • Turn right on 4th Ave.  City Hall will be on your right.
Driving from the North
  • On I-5 South, take exit 165A toward James St.
  • Merge onto 6th Ave
  • Turn right onto James St.
  • Turn right on 4th Ave.  City Hall will be on your right.


  • Street parking is available for free
  • SeaPark parking garage offers a $7 flat rate from 10am to 7:30pm and is located at: 609 6th Ave, Seattle WA 98104.  Access the parking garage on 6th Ave. between Cherry and James.  NOTE: this is NOT the Seattle Municipal Tower garage.  The parking garage is marked with the signs shown below:


We’re committed to ensuring our event is accessible to all.  For information about accessibility at Seattle City Hall, go here. If you require any special assistance please email us.

Participate or Volunteer

If you have a talent that you’d like to share with the community by participating in our Nowruz program, please email us.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.


Cyrus Habib – Washington State Lieutenant Governor

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What an honor to have Washington’s Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib join us for the second time! A former legislator, Lt. Governor Habib represented east King County in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. As Lt. Governor, he is President of the State Senate, serves as acting-Governor whenever Governor Inslee leaves the state, and maintains a portfolio of key issues including Economic Development, Trade, and Higher Education.
A three-time cancer survivor, Lieutenant Governor Habib has been fully blind since age eight. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Iran before he was born, and he is the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. He has been recognized as a political rising star by multiple publications including the Washington Post and Governing Magazine.


Bob Ferguson – WAshington State attorney general

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How exciting to have Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson joining us again this year! As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 11-year-old twins, Jack and Katie. Bob has a special connection to the Persian community as he was in the forefront of making history by successfully blocking President Trump’s first executive order barring travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.


Joe McDermott – King County Council

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We’re excited to be joined by King County Councilmember, Joe McDermott. Joe is a third-generation resident of West Seattle and has been on the King County council since 2010. McDermott previously represented West Seattle, Burien, White Center and Vashon and Maury Islands in the Washington State Legislature for a decade.

On the Council, he has chaired the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee where he led the County’s budget process. In 2016, he was chosen to be Chair of the County Council. A runner, he lives in West Seattle with his husband Michael and has served on the board of Southwest Youth & Family Services and West Seattle Helpline.


Lorena González – Seattle City Council

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We are thrilled to have Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González joining us this year! As one of two citywide representatives and the first person of Latino descent elected to serve the Seattle City Council, Lorena is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader and community advocate. As a civil rights attorney she represented people who were victimized by those in authority positions.

Born and raised in Washington’s lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Councilmember González earned her first paycheck at the age of 8, alongside her parents and five siblings. Since finishing her education, she has worked with foundational immigrant rights organizations like OneAmerica, El Centro and Latino Victory Project to ensure Seattle is a Welcoming City to all.


Mike O’Brien – Seattle City Council

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We’ll be joined at the event by Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mike has a deep respect for the progressive values and spirit of independence of the people who live in Seattle and make it such a great city. In his seven years on city council, Mike has been a champion for environmental and social justice causes including work to: ban plastic bags, give Uber drivers the right to collective bargain, create stable living options for people living in vehicles and without shelter, and find alternatives to incarcerating our kids. Mike lives with his wife and two sons in Fremont.


Noah Purcell – washington state solicitor general

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Back for the second year, Noah Purcell is the current Solicitor General of the State of Washington. He, alongside Bob Ferguson (Attorney General of Washington), led Washington’s challenge to Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order. Noah also has his own personal connection to the Persian culture, being married to an Iranian.


Lisa Herbold – seattle city council

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Honoring us for the third year in a row, Councilmember Lisa Herbold has worked on issues of access, fairness, and a commitment to a shared quality-of-life. She’s helped craft and pass public policy that includes: Paid Sick Leave, a Rental Housing Inspection Program, legislation that prevents source of income discrimination against renters, an acclaimed criminal justice diversion program, a police Observers’ Bill of Rights, and much more. We are delighted to have her as a community leader and ally.


Stacey Jehlik – city of seattle

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We are delighted to be joined by Stacey Jehlik again this year. Stacey is the International Affairs Director at the City of Seattle. She oversees the Sister Cities program at the City and has been a tremendous ally to SISCA in educating and guiding us about how we can best establish people-to-people ties, and eventually a sister city relationship, with Isfahan. We are extremely thankful for all her help and are pleased to have her join us a tthe Nowruz event to speak about the importance of citizen diplomacy.


Carmen best – seattle police chief

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We are excited to welcome Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best to our Nowruz Celebration! Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Chief Best is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA), the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF) and serves on several boards. In 2019, Chief Best was the recipient of the Vision from the Mountaintop Award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community.  Chief Best is married and has two adult daughters.


hadi partovi –

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Meet Hadi Partovi! Hadi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit He was born in Iran, where he taught himself to code at home. After graduating from Harvard University and rising through the ranks at tech firms like Microsoft, Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit, a curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, reaching 15% of US school kids and the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students. As a tech investor and advisor, Hadi has been involved in many tech companies like Facebook, Dropbox, airbnb, Uber, and others. (photo Courtesy of The New York Times)


Nurxon Zulinova – Dancer

(image courtesy of Emiko Karunamrita Noor Nakamura)

We are thrilled to be joined by Nurxon Zulinova, an Honored Artist of Uzbekistan. She had visited 94 different countries with Baxor State Dance Ensemble where she worked as a Professional Dancer and noted choreographer for over 4 decades.


Payam Khodaei & Taraneh and Arshia Ashari – Musicians

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Joining us again this year is pianist Payam Khodaei!  Payam has been playing piano since he was 3 years old, started composing his own pieces at age 9, and began teaching at age 15. Not only is he a state- and nationally-awarded composer, so are his students. Since 2015, his piano studio has been ranking in the top category at state level in composition competitions and for student acceleration, and in 2016 his student ranked 2nd place in the country. His passion for music and medicine are everlasting.

Taraneh Ashari will be accompanying Payam with her Daf. Taraneh was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States at the age of 19. She started learning Daf at the age of 15 and after a year of practicing, she joined Naerika Percussion Orchestra as a full-time Daf player, and has performed at numerous events including Fajr Music Festival at Talar Vahdat and Milad’s Tower, in Tehran. In addition, as a part of this group, she has also been given with an appreciation award from Shamseh Music Festival, for an innovative perspective on the basics and fundamentals of music and rhythm theory. Taraneh offers private sessions and works as an instructor for those who are interested in learning the instrument of Daf.

Payam and Taraneh are joined by Taraneh’s brother, Arshia, who will be playing guitar.


Shakhida Ismailov – Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association

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We are so honored to have the sister city that inspired our own, to be present in full force this year! We welcome Shakhida Ismailov, sister city Board President, as she will share information about their sister city, their upcoming Navruz Celebration and introduce a special dance from their region. Please also visit their table in the main hall to learn more about their efforts to bring Tashkent and Seattle closer together. Learn more about Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association here.


Seattle Persian School Choir – Performers

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Seattle Persian School is presenting Kids Choir and Kids Corner this year at Seattle City Hall for the Nowruz celebrations.  Kids ages 3-14 will be performing Persian songs , and youth will be volunteering for kids activities. Seattle Persian School is organized by Kimia Ghanbeigi and Hana Talakoob.

Kimia Ghanbeigi is a professor of Physics at Cascadia College with over 20 years of physics teaching experience. She is a mother of 11 year old twins and recently has volunteered to organize and teach Farsi to children.  Hana Talakoob teaches in Washington/Eastside Persian community, working voluntarily with the children of this community, through the King County Libraries.  Hana enthusiastically encourages the children to learn about their roots and heritage by organizing Persian language classes, the oral tradition of storytelling for kids (Story Time), reciting Persian traditional songs, and teaching children about their traditional celebrations and ceremonies such as Nowruz and Yalda.


Paymon, Taara & Neeka Elahi – musicians

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We are so proud and excited to be able to showcase this talented local family of artists, a father and two daughters, Taara and Neeka Elahi, who have performed every year at our nowruz event. It has been a pleasure watching these kids grow up and perfect their musical talents. Please join us in welcoming them and showing them some love and support!

Paymon Elahi plays the guitar and the Oud, a stringed instrument. He is a self taught musician, playing various musical instruments for the last 35 years. Shortly after arriving to the US from Iran in 1976, he began playing the bass and acoustic guitars in western rock and Iranian jazz fusion music bands while growing up in southern California. This self taught passion eventually led him back to his roots and the exploration of Iranian folk music.


Farshad mahramnia – ARTIST

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We are thrilled to have Farshad Mahramnia at the event! Farshad is an Iranian-American artist and owner of Unique Design LLC. He envisions and creates art, architecture, and craftsmanship from copper, brass, and wood. His interest in art and passion for Persian Mythology at young age inspired him to teach himself copper engraving – a traditional Persian Art – and now he focuses on more contemporary and functional art. He moved to United States 19 years ago and currently lives in Bellevue, WA. He has worked with many builders in Seattle area where he has designed architectural, decorative, and functional craftsmanship for custom-made houses.


Seattle Iranian Choir – performers

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We are delighted to announce that the Seattle Iranian Choir will be performing at Nowruz in Seattle! Seattle Iranian Choir is an ensemble with members from the local Iranian-American community performing Iranian music. The ensemble is directed by Afshin Sepehri and is usually accompanied by local musicians and dancers.

This year, the Seattle Iranian Choir is proud to perform at four different Nowruz celebrations including our event at the Seattle City Hall as well as the ones at the Washington State Senate in Olympia and the University of Washington. As the previous year, the choir will open our program by singing the song “Ey Iran” which is considered the informal national anthem of Iran. The ensemble will then perform other songs composed by its director which demonstrate the roots and spirit of Nowruz through the eyes of Persian Poetry! The choir is accompanied by the talented pianist, Payam Khastkhodaei.


Ali Ghambarri – iranian american Community alliance (IACA)

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We are excited to be joined by Ali Ghambari for this year’s event! Ali is the owner of Cherry Street Coffee House that has 10 locations in downtown Seattle and a founder of Iranian American Community Alliance (IACA). Ali is the recipient of 2015 American Dream Award by City of Seattle, the Spirit of Liberty Award, and a guest speaker at TEDxKirkland.


Yalda Biniazan – Prelude-a-Bliss

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Since we’re having a big event, it’s only fitting to have owner and event coordinator, Yalda Biniazan, at the event representing Prelude-a-Bliss! Prelude-a-Bliss is a team of talented ladies who are here to listen, implement your vision, and create an event that brings your style and personality to life. The Prelude-a-Bliss team works closely with other hired professionals, and maintain the highest level of professionalism, patience, courteousness, and care as they work on any event. If you’re looking for event planners, look no further!


Reza abassi – Calligrapher

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Back by popular demand, Reza Abbasi will be at the event to display his incredible calligraphy!  Reza started learning the Iranian calligraphy in 1982 (age 12) in Iran, in a nationwide program by the Iran’s Calligraphers Institute (ICI). He passed the Moderate and Good levels in two years, and got the Excellent certificate in Nastaligh style from ICI in 1985. He started practicing in next level under Master Gholamhossein Amirkhani’s supervision shortly after. He started teaching calligraphy in 1986. Come watch him work!


Emiko Karunamrita Noor Nakamura – Dancer

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Back again this year, we are thrilled to have the incredible dancer Emiko Karunamrita Noor Nakamura! Emiko specializes in Persian, Turkic and East-Indian Devotional, Classical and Folk Dances. She did her graduate study in Near Eastern Studies at University of Washington where she won a scholarship to study the Uzbek language, culture, and classical and folk dances for a year in Uzbekistan in 1991. Emiko also studied dance, culture, and language in Turkey from 1995 to 1997. She has also studied both Tajik and Iranian Persian, and is able to dance and sing Bhajans/Hindhu Hymms in Sanskrit and Hindhi.  Emiko’s style of dance was heavily influenced by Russian Ballet Master Ivan Feltsen Novikoff, as well as Leona Wood of the Aman Folk Ensemble in Los Angeles.


Saman Shojaei – Artist

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Artist Saman Shojaei will be displaying his incredible miniatures at the event!  Saman was born in 1984 in Tehran, Iran, and has been painting and drawing since he was a young child. Since 2008, Saman has made miniature houses and mixed media collages, and has exhibited his artwork in several countries. At university, where he graduated with a MS.c. in Agricultural Engineering, he began to play harmonica and develop an interest in wood carving. He has been teaching wood carving and wood burning (pyrography) at Woodcraft – Pratt Fine Arts Center since 2015.


Shirin Barekatein – Haftseen Table Designer

(photo courtesy of, left to right, Chic Design and Keyvan Behpour)
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Back for a second year to grace us with her incredible decorating skills, Shirin Barekatein will be decorating a Haftseen table that is an incomparable work of art.  Shirin was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beautiful architecture. Her love of design carried over into her life today within the natural wonders of the Seattle area.  With the strong encouragement of friends and family, she launched her own business, Chic Design, after working as a volunteer to create decorations for festive tables and celebrations of many types, including the Persian New Year. We are so grateful to her for volunteering her skill and her artistic eye to make our Nowruz event positively gorgeous.


Dr. fariba alamdari – boeing global learning institute

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We are excited to be joined this year by Dr. Fariba Alamdari! Fariba has served as the Vice president and founder of Boeing Global Learning Institute since March 2018. Prior to this, Fariba was Boeing Commercial Airplane Vice President of Marketing.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Fariba is a strong advocate of diversity, and is a frequent speaker on the importance of diversity, and taking full responsibility for diversity and inclusion efforts. She gave a TedX talk on the “Power of Diversity” in 2017. She believes in a compassionate leadership style focused on achieving results based on trust and respect for all.


Farshad alamdari – artist

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We are delighted to have artist Farshad Alamdari showing several pieces at the Nowruz event this year. Farshad is a Persian native and a lifelong observer of profound, beautiful subtleties. This penchant drew him to both architecture and painting.
Farshad earned a Ph.D. in Architecture and the Built Environment in England. Even as he cultivated a rich and fulfilling professional career, his creative orientation and passion for painting remained strong. Upon relocating to Seattle, he refocused his attention on artistic pursuits and now devotes himself to painting full-time. For Farshad, painting is an inspiring adventure that requires constant exploration,and demands both professional and personal growth.


Elham Hakimi Lawson – Dancer

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Back for a third year at our Nowruz celebration, we are thrilled that Elham will be performing for us.  Elham is a proud Iranian-American who enjoys sharing her love of Iranian culture and dance and finds great joy in her work as a dance instructor. Elham formed that group to Karoun Dance Ensemble in 2012. She has successfully carried the name Karoun and transformed it to “Little Karouns” where she teaches the younger generation, traditional dance style and form.


Mehdi Ghanbeigi – artist

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Dr. Khodadad Kaviani – Author

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We are pleased to announce that our very own local expert on the living culture of Iran, on all things Nowruz, and a children’s book author, Dr. Khodadad (Khodi) Kiavani, will join us to showcase his books.  He will also be available to answer questions about the Persian culture and this ancient tradition. Please be sure to stop by and meet him and learn how to buy one of his books as a Nowruz gift for your new-found Persian friends or as a Spring gift for a loved one!

Norooz With My Family” is Dr. Kaviani’s illustrated book for middle school children and is available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.  His book “Rethinking Khayyaamism: His Controversial Poems and Vision” was published by Hamilton Books in 2014 and is available here.  Jashn-e Bahmangaan” is his latest song that highlights one of the beautiful and peaceful Iranian festival.  Access all the songs in the collection here.


Cherry Street Coffee House & City Grind Espresso

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For the 3rd year in a row, we’d like to welcome back Cherry Street Cafe and City Grind Cafe. We will be serving Iranian tea, provided by Cherry Street, and City Grind will be ready to sell you some caffeine and light snacks throughout the day!


tabassum & yummy 8 – Food trucks

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For the first year, we are partnering with Food trucks to bring you delicious bites at the event!  Tabassum specializes savory pies called “samsa”.  These tasty buns are one of Central Asia’s most popular street foods, and Tabassum’s food trucks are here to bring authentic central Asian street food, spices, and flavors to the Pacific Northwest.

Yummy 8 is a family-owned and joyfully expanding Asian kitchen concept founded on the principle that food made with love and from scratch is simply better.  They write their recipes and hand-craft their meals with the freshest ingredients, every single day. Their goal is to exceed every customer’s expectations by creating quality, healthy, customizeable meals that surprise and delight.


Kids’ corner

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Calling all young folks (and young-at-heart folks)!  Come have fun with us at the Kids’ Corner where you’ll find face-painting, coloring, Farsi calligraphy, and other activities to keep young hands busy and young minds learning something fun and new!  The Kids’ Corner will be staffed by Julianne & Riley Pierson who are back for a third year to do face painting & get kids into the festive spirit.  Kids can pick from several designs ranging from the Iranian flag to butterflies to tulips, and more!  This mother-daughter team will make sure every kid leaves with a smile!


Persian Handicrafts

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Come visit our museum of Persian handicrafts and be transported to the Bazaars of Iran!  We have gathered some exquisite and unique handicrafts, from Iran and will have experts on hand to explain each piece and answer your questions!


UW Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilization

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SISCA works closely with Near Eastern Languages & Civilization (NELC) – University of Washington. Together with this organization, we cross-promote and support each other, with a common goal of furthering understanding of Persian culture, language and history, through events, projects, and educational endeavors. On Ancient Iran Day Event (Dec 1, 2018), SISCA was please to have a table at this event hosted by the UW-NELC department. It was a wonderful event highlighting the cultures, traditions, cuisines and architecture of ancient Iran. Thank you NELC, for all your support!


King County Elections

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We are so happy that King County Elections will be tabling at the event to talk about their vision of being the leader in providing inclusive elections.  King County Elections is a well-respected leader within the elections community for its programs, outreach and education, accessible voting advocacy and technology innovations.  See their brochure in Farsi here.

King County is the largest jurisdiction in the United States to conduct all elections by mail. The county has 1.28 million registered voters, a number that continues to grow each month. It is the 13th-most populated county in the country and home to one third of Washington’s voters. King County Elections conducts fair, open and accurate elections.


The Child Foundation

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For the second year in a row, SISCA is proud to support the wonderful work the Child Foundation is doing on the ground in Iran to help children in need —through our “New Shoes for Nowruz” program. We are happy to report that we have been able to help these children have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful tradition of getting new items to wear for the new year and beyond. The shoes have been delivered to many children just in time for Nowruz! Thank you Child Foundation for your help in making this possible! Those smiling faces are a priceless return on this small investment.


Alefba Group & Radio Iranshahr

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Alefba Group is a non-profit organization established in 2019 to enrich the communities’ cultural scene by celebrating and promoting Persian and Iranian culture. The group is made up of dedicated members who offer events, programs, and activities that highlight and celebrate the rich culture of the Iranian heritage, and the larger Persian speaking regions of the world.

Radio Iranshahr is an Internet Radio (Podcast) started in 2005 under the name of Radio College Park at the University of Maryland. In 2018, after producing 400 weekly programs and over 1000 items, the radio was renamed to Radio Iranshahr and expanded to three different locations in the U.S. including Seattle, the Washington D.C. area, and Orange County. A group of volunteers produce the weekly programs of Radio Iranshahr in Persian language.


Seattle Police Department

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Interested working for SPD? Come check out Seattle Police Department table at our event.The Mission of the Seattle Police Department is to prevent crime, enforce the law, and support quality public safety by delivering respectful, professional and dependable police services.


Misha Zadeh – Designer

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We are so thankful that Iranian-American designer, Misha Zadeh, is the creative force 1behind our festive and cheery event “face”. Misha is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator from Seattle. She is best known for her stationery line, Turquoise Creative, her bold and colorful posters for the Seattle Iranian Festival, and vibrant illustrations for University Village. She enjoys creating work that makes people happy. She has been a champion for Persian cultural events and local children’s causes and lives in Ballard with her husband and two boys. She tends to end bios by mentioning her obsession with Ghormeh Sabzi.  Join her mailing list to see her latest news, and be sure to follow her on Instagram where she posts new art frequently.


Nadir Kianersi – Designer

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We are honored and thrilled to collaborate, once again, with local freelance designer and illustrator Nadir Kianersi, who originally designed our SISCA logo.  Nadir has beautifully incorporated the elements of the Nowruz centerpiece-the “Haftseen”, with a nod to our Persian miniature and Zoroastrian heritage and the elements of nature, so integral to this celebration, topping it off by creating a warm embrace with those components around an iconic Seattle landmark – the Space Needle. Nadir has masterfully encapsulated our message of Celebrating Nowruz in our American Culture with this visual rendition of our event.

Nadir works and lives in Seattle.  He specializes in Architectural Visualization but sometimes, to break the mold, he likes to pick challenges that are out of the ordinary.  Come and meet this local artist and talented Iranian-American in person at the Nowruz in Seattle event!

Supporters of the Event

Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy

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Nowruz in Seattle is presented by the Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy.   SISCA is a Seattle-based non-profit comprised of citizen volunteers – Iranian-Americans and allies – who seek to reverse decades of hostility between the United States and Iranian governments.  By developing people-to-people relationships between our two countries, SISCA seeks to emphasize our common humanity and shared aspirations and to support finding practical roads away from confrontation and war.  Board members are:  Cathia Geller (board president), Nancy Penrose (secretary), Roy Ghazimoradi (treasurer), Nasser Ariani, Danyal Lotfi, Maryam Hosseini, Fred and Susan Nolan, and Hal Green.  Stop by the SISCA table to say hi and sign up to be a member!


Seattle city Hall – Host of Nowruz in Seattle

We are grateful for the opportunity that Seattle City Hall has given us to share this festival with the Greater Seattle Community.


Mike Moghaddas – Team Moghaddas Realty

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SISCA is joined in sponsoring the event by Mike Moghaddas and Team Moghaddas Realty.  Mike Moghaddas has established a respected and trusted reputation in the luxury real estate community. Known for his renowned marketing both nationally and internationally, his unsurpassed knowledge of the market and certified negotiation skills, Mike has built his career on repeat business and referrals from gratified clients.  Mike holds a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis on leadership. He and his family are long-time residents of Kirkland and active in many local charitable organizations.


Columbia Bank

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We are grateful for the support of Columbia Bank in helping us put on Nowruz in Seattle 2019.   The bank shared this lovely statement in support of the event:  “Columbia Bank is proud to support the Seattle Isfahan Sister City Advocacy and its 3rd Annual Nowruz Celebration. Columbia is committed toward supporting the diversity of our community and organizations and events like this are fundamental toward enhancing inclusiveness for all.”


About Nowruz

The arrival of Spring is celebrated world-wide with a variety of holidays and festivities.  In Iran and other countries, over 300 million people celebrate the arrival of Spring with Persian New Year – Nowruz (pronounced No-ruz).  For over 3000 years, Nowruz has held great significance for Persian people – guiding our world view, giving hope, reinforcing respect for traditions and our elders, celebrating nature and new beginnings, and bringing people together to honor the past and look to the future.

“Nowruz transcends national borders, religious divides and other differences to unite communities with bonds of goodwill. Such common purpose can help humanity rise to this moment in history.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Come experience this joyful celebration with us!  Meet the Persians among us who hail from Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.  See how we proudly pass this tradition on to future generations and how we share its positive messages with our American neighbors.

Learn more about the Haftseen Table, the symbol of Nowruz, here.