Tuesday, 15 October, 2019

US First Lady Michelle Obama Marks Nowruz at White House

For the second consecutive year, the White House hosted a festival marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz on Wednesday.

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Michelle Obama embraces Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani as he introduces her during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Speaking at the event, US First Lady Michelle Obama underscored the number of festivals of various cultures now the White House has been celebrating.

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Michelle Obama blows kisses to guests during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

“I’m proud that here at the White House, we host special events to mark the holidays but we celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Diwali, Cinco de Mayo. And with your help, today, we’re celebrating Nowruz, which is one of our newest White House traditions,” Ms. Obama said.

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Guests make photographs and laugh as Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani tells jokes during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Nowruz is a traditional Iranian festival of spring and considered as the beginning of the New Year among Iranians. The White House event featured Persian cuisine, as well as entertainment such as Persian dancers.

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Members of the Nomad Dancers take the stage during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Nowruz, she has said, is a time to visit loved ones. It’s a time to reflect on the past year, and to renew hopes for the New Year to come.

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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani poses for photographs with members of the Nomad Dancers during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the Green Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Criticising the “disturbing and hateful” poll rhetoric, Obama also has asserted that America is a “nation of immigrants” and diversity will always be its greatest strength.

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Members of the Nomad Dancers take the stage during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

“We think America is strongest when we recognize our many traditions, when we celebrate our diversity, and when we lift each other up,” Ms. Obama said.

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Members of the Nomad Dancers take the stage during a reception marking the Persian new year celebration of Nowruz in the East Room at the White House April 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.

 

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