Norouz: Persian New Year

Celebrate the coming of spring
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March
Great Court
Free, just drop in

Norouz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the new year in the Iranian calendar. This year, come to the British Museum to celebrate Norouz – visit the Ancient Iran Gallery, watch dancers and listen to musicians, enjoy myths and legends of Persia and take part in family activities.

Activities include:

  • Make a mythical Persian creature, listen to Persian legends and meet King Darius in his palace
  • Transport yourself back to ancient Persia in a digital photo workshop
  • Paint Norouz eggs and make a carpet fit for a king
  • Watch the film Daie Jan Napoleon (My Uncle Napoleon), adapted from the most popular novel in Persian culture
  • AKSbazi: play Spring, an exchange of Norouz gifts in photographs.
Gold model chariot from the Oxus treasure

Dance and music performances include:

  • Parvaz Ensemble, Persian fusion music
  • Jirar band, Persian international pop and folk music
  • Sabah Ensemble, Classical and traditional acoustic Persian music

The full programme of activities will be available at the Museum on the day.

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Image: Gold model chariot from the Oxus treasure. Achaemenid Persian, 5th-4th century BC from the region of Takht-i Kuwad, Tadjikistan.

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