Each year, Iranians gather with their families on the first day of spring to herald a new year. UW Persian Student Association President, Mohammad Soltaniehha, says that at the center of a family’s celebration is a symbolic table filled with elements of creation and life, "This table always reminds me of family because that’s the time we have tried always be together."
This year, far from home, Iranian students are sharing the cheer with their extended Laramie family, through a free Persian New Year event on Sunday at the Union Ballroom. The event begins at 4:45pm and includes, "a professional music group that is going to perform traditional Iranian music, there will be a local dance group, snacks, cookies, Persian tea, dinner. Also, we will have an after-party so we will try to teach a little bit of Iranian dance to people," says Soltaniehha.
Soltaniehha says the main reason for the event is to represent a face of Iran normally not shown in the United States.
Tickets—two for students and faculty and one for each member of the public—are available free at the University of Wyoming Union infodesk Wednesday and Thursday beginning at noon.