Nowruz ("New Day") is the Persian New Year and marks the first day of spring. Welcome a new day at the Asian Art Museum while listening to Persian stories, watching a presentation of Rumi x 7 by Golden Thread Productions, and making your own haft-seen to take home. The haft-seen is a traditional table setting essential to the celebration of Nowruz.
stART Tour: Storytelling for Kids Aged 3-6
11:00 am–11:45 am; Meet at the Information Desk
Performance: Rumi x 7 = Tales from the Masnavi
Performed by Golden Thread's Fairytale Players
12:00 noon–1:00 pm in Samsung Hall
Rumi comes to life as never before through this lively adaptation of one of the world's greatest poets in Rumi x 7 = Tales from the Masnavi. Rumi's timeless tales explore the ties that bind humankind to the natural world, their dreams, and their infinite potential. Seven breathtaking vignettes fuse classical Persian poetry with a dazzling panorama of circus arts and commedia dell arte. Let your imagination soar through this awe-inspiring journey that celebrates the cycle of life and humanity's universal bond. Directed by Hafiz Karmali.
Hands-on Activities: Mini Haft-seen Making
1:30 pm–4:00 pm in Education Studios
Create traditional Persian New Year table settings called haft-seen with educator Homa Hanjani. On Nowruz, Persian families lay out a special table covering onto which they place dishes with seven symbolic elements, each one beginning with the Persian letter S. Each dish symbolizes one of the following: love, patience, rebirth, prosperity, spice of life, spring, and health.
The Asian Art Museum's Family Fun Days are sponsored by ScholarShare.