Happy Nowruz 1401 / 2022

Celebrate the Persian New Year at the MFA! Stop by the Museum on Saturday, March 19, to learn about Nowruz traditions, explore Persian works of art, enjoy dance performances, and more.

Nowruz is an ancient celebration signaling the beginning of spring.

Events and Activities

Take-Home Art Kits

10 am–3 pm
Lower Rotunda

Coins (sekkeh) represent prosperity and are often one of the seven symbolic items beginning with the Persian letter sīn placed in a Haft Seen arrangement. Pick up an art kit with everything needed to create your own embossed metal coins in celebration of Nowruz. Kits available while supplies last.

Haft Seen Display

10 am–5 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Visit and view a traditional Haft Seen, a key element to any Nowruz celebration. This traditional arrangement includes seven symbolic items, all starting with the Persian letter sīn, or s.

Designed and organized by Farzaneh Fallah, Mojgan Olia, and Roya Toran.

Aftab Dance Group

Noon and 2 pm
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Experience the varied cultures of Iran through a medley of Persian dance performed by Boston-based Aftab Dance Group, made up of students and young professionals.

Past Dates and Times

Saturday, March 19, 2022


Supported by the Fund for Persian Art and Programming.